the adolescent brain seeks independence and distances itself from parents

A child begins his changes towards adulthood more or less from the age of 13, this stage is known as adolescence.

It is at this moment that rebellion also begins, opposition to their parents or guardians and a kind of independence, or better, false independence. In this process, the adults look at them between dislocated and terrified; In part, this astonishment is explained because there were no elements to understand the teenagersBut this situation is beginning to change.

A group of researchers at Stanford University has been studying what happens in the brain of adolescents and young adults. To do this, they have carried out an analysis and metrics of young brains. These researchers, led by Dr. Daniel A. Abrams, already have the tools to draw conclusions under the force of the evidence.

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What happens in the brain during adolescence?

Researchers at Stanford University took a sample of 46 boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 16. They played recordings of the voices of their parents and strangers to discover what was happening with the brain activity of these children.

The analysis of this sample showed that children under 12 years of age showed an overactive neuronal response in the reward and emotion centers when they heard their mothers’ voices, while from the age of 13 this changes drastically.

Daniel Abram, the head of the study sums it up like this: “The adolescent is not quite aware that he is doing it. He is just being himself: he has friends and new partners and he wants to spend time with them. His mind is becoming more and more sensitive and he is drawn to these unknown voices.”

According to what the study shows, what the brain is doing is taking the path to independence, or at least preparing it for it. He begins to reject his parents and thus paves the way that he needs both as an individual and as a species: independence.. And perhaps the way to begin to walk that path is to break in some way with their parents and relatives and get to know other subjects, new friends and, with it, their own experiences.

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