How Teen Brains Are Different and What That Means for Curbing Youth Violence

The room has the buzz of a high school cafeteria as police officers huddle around tables, creating lists of words that describe their teenage selves.

Mischievous, sneaky, crazy, impulsive, risky, weird, emotional — and yes, even horny — make it onto supersized sticky notes that get posted on the classroom walls.

The word exercise is meant to prime officers to think about how they perceive themselves as juveniles versus the grownups they became, and what that might mean for how they deal with the youth they encounter on the streets.

It prepares them to go inside the teen brain. Read Full Article »