How does brain development affect decision-making and goals?

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Len Matheson

The area of the brain that is crucial to the development of value-based decision-making is the prefrontal cortex, which is the last part of the brain to develop.  Within the prefrontal cortex, the dorsolateral area processes information that has to do with formulating future goals.  This is the last part of the brain to develop and become fully connected, which concludes at age 20 or 21 for women at age 22 or 23 for men.

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If the parts of the brain that are responsible for value-based goals don't complete their development until the early 20s, is it reasonable to expect teenagers to make value-based goals?

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