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<div class="quote-block"><b>Study: Teenage brain lacks empathy<br><br>
Area of brain associated with higher-level thinking underused in youths</b><br><br><br><br>
By Sara Goudarzi<br><br>
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Updated: 3:33 p.m. PT Sept 8, 2006<br><br><br><br>
If you ever sense teenagers are not taking your feelings into account, it's probably because they're just incapable of doing so.<br><br><br><br>
The area of the brain associated with higher-level thinking, empathy, and guilt is underused by teenagers, reports a new study. When considering an action, the teenage medial prefrontal cortex, located in front of the brain, doesn't get as much action as adults.</div>
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But did this study include any teens from VB? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:">
 

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yeah, yesterday I was playing a guessing game with a friend. The thing I had chosen for him to guess was "compassion" and one of my clues was "this thing is rarely associated with teenagers".<br><br><br><br>
It's sad, but I've definitely noticed it in a lot of people. I wouldn't have thought it was any biological reason though, I just thought it was the cool thing to do. I consider myself to be empathetic.
 

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I just finished reading a book about the brain and it discussed a lot of the developmental differences in the brain as it ages. It seems there are lots of real physical differences between the brains of children, teenagers, young adults, and older adults that affect the way we think. He says young people are adept at incorporating and analyzing new information, which is why young people learn so easily, but as one ages, one becomes better at evaluating information, putting it into context, and identifying the most useful information.
 

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Since I make most of my decisions based on empathy now, what does this mean about when I'm an adult? I think the results of this study are sort of twisted. Just like with adults, some teens have empathy for others and some don't.
 

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I HAVE thought about the assertion in that article that people learn empathy once they become adults. I'm sure that's generally true, but there are plenty of adults out there who don't have empathy and/or compassion. Like those who step over the homeless on the streets as if they were just piles of garbage, or who abuse humans or non-human animals.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: And of course, I've read about teens who do demonstrate empathy/compassion.<br><br><br><br>
I think a large part of whether an individual demonstrates empathy/compassion is how they were raised.
 

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This is a bit OT, but really... who "steps over" the homeless in the streets? Does walking past a homeless person without paying attention to them mean that I'm treating them like garbage?<br><br><br><br>
I walk past DOZENS of homeless people every day, on my walk to/from work. What else am I supposed to do?
 

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uh. wtf. i have plenty of freaking empathy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I hate scientific articles in the popular press. It could be the case that teens recruit other areas of the brain to accomplish equivalent tasks...we can't really tell from this article...we need to know more of the methodology employed.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Gnome Chomsky</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I hate scientific articles in the popular press. It could be the case that teens recruit other areas of the brain to accomplish equivalent tasks...we can't really tell from this article...we need to know more of the methodology employed.</div>
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I completely agree.<br><br><br><br>
*steps back to avoid snowball whizzing out from hell* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I recently read something similar in Scientific American: Mind. The article was a few pages long.<br><br><br><br>
I think it's offensive. Not the objective, scientific findings, but the way it was presented in SciAm: "Oh, those teenagers! They're so darn thoughtless." And the title!
 
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