Through citing several scientific studies in an easily digestible fashion, Dobbs explains the impulsiveness and irrationality of the adolescent mind.
Although you know your teenager takes some chances, it can be a shock to hear about them. It has to be difficult to research something like thisknowing that your child has fallen from his grace as well, speeding.
Thus the game rewards you for taking a certain amount of risk but punishes you for taking too much. More important, it sits better with biology's most fundamental principle, that of natural selection.
As Laurence Steinberg, a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescence at Temple University, points out, even to year-olds—the biggest risk takers—use the same basic cognitive strategies that adults do, and they usually reason their way through problems just as well as adults.
Here, as elsewhere, the problem lies less in what teens lack compared with adults than in what they have more of.
Your instructions are to not look at the light and instead to look in the opposite direction.