Presentation on theme: "The Teenage Brain Ms. Kelly 7 th Grade Health. JOURNAL: Write about a time that you had to make a decision. Consider the following: – What was the scenario."— Presentation transcript:
JOURNAL: Write about a time that you had to make a decision. Consider the following: – What was the scenario leading up to the decision? – What had to be decided? – What did you decide to do and how did you choose? – Was it a difficult choice to make? Why or why not?
BRAIN FACT Your brain reaches its maximum size between ages 12-14, but its development is far from complete
FRONTAL LOBE The control center of your brain—responsible for rational thought and logic Used more by adults during decision making process AMYGDALA Part of the limbic system—the emotional center of your brain Used more by adolescents during the decision making process vs When and why might this be a problem for teenagers???
WHY YOU HAVE THE POWER… In synaptic pruning, synapses not used very often are removed, allowing the brain to redirecting resources towards more active synapses This means that teens have the potential to shape their own brain development—”Use them or lose them” By learning and repeating appropriate behaviors (i.e. role playing), you are helping to shape your minds and futures!!
BRAINSTORM WITH A PARTNER… Knowing what you do now about the physiology of your brain, what are some things you can do to help you make good decisions (specifically regarding your health) in the future?