Insight Into the Teenage Brain: Adriana Galván at TEDxYouth@Caltech

Insight Into the Teenage Brain: Adriana Galván at TEDxYouth@Caltech

Dr. Adriana Galván is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Galván’s expertise is in adolescent brain development. Her research aims to uncover the neurobiology underlying characteristic teenage behavior, such as risk-taking, exploration and thrill-seeking.  Through her research, Dr. Galván’s goal is to understand the opportunities and vulnerabilities that accompany adolescent brain and behavioral development in order to inform policy, juvenile justice and public health issues that affect youth.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

TEDxYouth@Caltech was held on January 19, 2013, at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, CA. Learn more at


February 13, 2013 / 36 Comments / by / in
  • I don't suppose you have anything, study or colleague wise, going on in the Ontario, Canada area?
    Great presentation.

  • An explanation for teenagers liking the sugar water more is that they are willing to please their legal superiors as much as possible as they would in school. Adults are on equal ground so they can say whatever the hell they want. Everything else might be reading a little too deep..

  • The response to money is simple. The teenagers know the value of money more than the kids, but don't have the volume of the adults..

  • does anyone know the email for Dr Adriana, I am doing an assignment for psychology and it is related to this work. it would be great to receive extra information and insight. thank you

  • Yay health class bro

  • i love ted talk, but this video just dragged on for me

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  • Teenager just like sugar because it makes them happy. Kids are allowed to eat generally more sugar and for adults it is just something normal…
    And kinds didn't react to money because they don't get what money means. Teenagers will think of all the fun stuff and date nights they can get with the money. And adults for them it is just money. They will think of their work and how exhausting it is.. So all in all the results are nothing special. it is all logical…

  • The brain of teens there monsters of iniquity they enjoy making our like hell and laugh about it but we still love them lol.

  • "This is the case not just in humans, but in kids…" So kids aren't Humans ( 3:10 into the video)

  • Loved the Video and I will be showing it to my class on social emotional learning for teens.

  • 5:14 A real human bean?

  • Where is ted

  • how can tedx youth talks be introduced to Nigeria. Youths need a lot of motivation over here

  • The Teenage Brain…. scary

  • nah i think we are just curious about this we dont understand

  • pluss i dont earn money and i drink milk or water ;-;

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  • This video was published in 2013, wonder what other type of evidence they have found..

  • Anybody using this for an essay?

  • Stop somewhere in 1:03 my teacher stoped at this moment and look what happened

  • love this!

  • I feel different now

  • Why do people think being a teenager suddenly makes you an adolescent? Adolescence can start early and late its nothing to do with being a teenager it just refers to people aged 13 to 19.

  • kid=presensitized, adolescent=optimal sensitivity, adult=desensitized… easy peasy. As you understand bills, anxiety levels kill that initial excitement.

  • Very clear

  • I'm 14 and my prefrontal cortex must be the size of a semi truck because I'm always over anylizing situations and thinking and rethinking all the possible actions I could take and the consequences of those actions

  • Great Video

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  • Her cotton mouth is intense. someone get her water

  • and this is the case, just not in HUMANS, just like CHILDS, mice, monkey……

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