Puberty brain explosion

Sydney Morning Herald 15 Nov 06
When sweet, biddable children change overnight into disorganised and disruptive adolescents it is usually explained as a rite of passage, an awkward social adjustment on the rocky road to adulthood.Now Sydney research has revealed brain function may deteriorate during puberty, apparently as hormonal surges wreak havoc on key circuitry. Memory, planning and the ability to foresee consequences are all disrupted as puberty changes accelerate, according to Suzanne Czech’s study of 323 young people, aged nine to 17, from Sydney schools.