02/01/2011 06:42 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Teens More Likely To Take Risks When Peers Are Present

Temple University researchers Drs. Jason Chein and Laurence Steinberg set out to measure brain activity in adolescents, alone and with peers, as they made decisions with inherent risks. Their findings, published in January in the journal Developmental Science, demonstrate that when teens are with friends they are more susceptible to the potential rewards of a risk than they are when they are alone.

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