Beautiful Brains By David Dobbs

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Beautiful Brains-David Dobbs David Dobbs explores the science behind the impulsive teenage psyche in “Beautiful Brains”, published in National Geographic in October 2011. Dobbs is an acclaimed author, with articles featured in New York Times, The Atlantic, and Wired among other publications. Some of Dobbs’ renowned work includes “Reef Madness” and “My Mother’s Lover”. In “Beautiful Brains”, Dobbs illustrates there is a method to teenage madness. Through citing several scientific studies in an easily digestible fashion, Dobbs explains the impulsiveness and irrationality of the adolescent mind. Dobbs claims that teenagers are naturally risk takers because it is evolutionarily advantageous, as it allows them to adapt to new situations. Dobbs first draws the reader in with an anecdote about his own son, who was caught speeding over 100 mph. Having a bizarre response to his father, ‘’ He agreed. In fact, he sounded somber and contrite. He did not object when I told him he 'd have to pay the fines and probably for a lawyer. He did not argue when I pointed out that if anything happens at that speed—a dog in the road, a blown tire, a sneeze—he dies. He was in fact almost irritatingly reasonable. He even proffered that the cop did the right thing in stopping him, for, as he put it, "We can 't all go around doing 113."’’ This humanizes Dobbs as not only a man of science, but a father as well. He puts the article into perspective, as the intended audiences are parents. Dobbs then goes
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