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Toolkit: Risk TakingResources in this section, including talks by prominent researchers, take a deeper look into adolescent risk taking. Why are adolescents prone to taking risks? What is going on in the brain? What is the relationship between risk and resilience?

A Social Neuroscience Perspective on Adolescent Risk Taking

Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University, presents the results of his research on the underpinnings of risk taking in adolescence. Steinberg's work is informed by recent advances in developmental neuroscience. Cornell University.

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Laurence Steinberg

Laurence Steinberg, a prominent developmental psychologist, has focused his research for many years on adolescent development, decision making, and risk taking. This web page lists his published articles and books. All articles are available as PDFs for download.

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Finding the Roots of Risky Behavior in the Teen Brain

When faced with risky situations, how do adolescents make decisions? Valerie Reyna, professor of human development at Cornell University, presents her research. Cornell University.

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Adolescents and Risk: Helping Young People Make Better Choices

Drawing on the research of Valerie Reyna and colleagues, this article addresses the "immortality myth" and explores how adolescents actually consider risk. The article also offers suggestions for new intervention strategies. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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Adolescent Risk Taking

Developed for community educators, this presentation may be used to provide information on adolescent development and risk taking to parents, youth workers, and other community sectors. The talk can be tailored to the target audience. Notes are included.

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