A new study links reward-seeking to learning in teen brains.
Teens are not known to always make the best choices. They are ruled by the insecurities and passions of adolescence. They generally do not plan much for the future, instead living in the moment. But their behaviors, which may often be upsetting to their parents, might have a serious biological purpose, according to scientists. Opting for quick rewards and excitements, while taking unnecessary risks, might be a way for their brains to learn.