Thursday, March 25, 2010

Teenagers and risk taking

Confirming what most parents probably know already researchers from University College London have found that teenagers are more likely to take risks than children or adults. The researchers' study involved 86 boys and men aged between 9 and 35 who played a computer gambling game. The teenagers took the most risks with risk-taking behaviour reaching a peak at fourteen. The teenagers were able to appreciate the pros and cons of their behaviour but got more of a 'buzz' out of the risk itself than other age groups. The scientists hope the study can be applied to other forms of risk-taking such as drinking, smoking and taking drugs.

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