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Adolescent risk-takers: The power of peers

Teenagers are often thought of as reckless risk-takers. This age-old stereotype is partly supported by modern studies but that may only be one side of the story. Research shows that young adolescents are highly attuned to social risks, which often affects their decisions. In this film, neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains the science of peer-influence and a group of adolescents give their own perspective on the risky business of being a teenager.

Read the story: Sex and drugs and self-control: how the teen brain navigates risk

Read more in the special collection: Adolescence

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