David Moshman, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska, pushes back on the current groundswell of assumptions being made concerning the development of teenage brains fueled by interpretations of research coming out of neuroscience.
He addresses five assumptions about adolescents and their brains: (1) adolescents are categorically different from adults; (2) adolescents are less rational than adults; (3) adolescent cognition and behavior are explained by their teenage brains; (4) adolescent brain development is a maturational process directed by genes; and (5) the outcome of that process is a state of maturity achieved in adulthood.
He declares each of these assumptions to be blatantly false. Read how he responds to each assumption in the THE HUFFINGTON POST here.
To dig deeper into this subject get Moshman's book Adolescent Rationality and Development: Cognition, Morality and Identity.