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Good and bad news on the adolescent brain

In response to bad news about risk, young adolescents alter estimates of their own vulnerability to adverse events less accurately than older people. The finding has implications for managing risk-taking behaviour in young people.

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Figure 1: Adverse events.

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Reyna, V. Good and bad news on the adolescent brain. Nature 503, 48–49 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature12704

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