Sunday, February 21, 2016
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #196 - This painting depicts the plasticity of the adolescent brain, which transforms in levels that will never be reached again. The nucleus accumbens (experiences pleasure) is a small structure inside the limbic system and it actually gets bigger when approaching adolescence and then smaller again in adulthood. This remodeling means that adolescents are much more easily aroused and will go out of their way to seek rewarding experiences (social rewards, praise, attention etc.) and will even engage in dangerous activities. Did you know that research states that literally nothing will ever feel as good as it did in your teens because everything was more intense?