The Teen Brain vs. Teen Behavior: Which Is More Useful to Understand
Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning Quantico United States
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While the Marine Corps has a vested interest in understanding the behavior of a young force, psychological research to date on how the teen brain responds to psychological stimuli such as human emotions, peer influence, and fear does not increase understanding of teen behavior. Despite including some measures of behavior, the summarized studies below focus primarily on monitoring brain activity. As illustrated by the proposed alternative questions, research dedicated to understanding or shaping teen behavior as a primary aim would be of much greater benefit to the Marine Corps than the current research on how the teen brain functions.