Cognitive and affective development in adolescence

Trends Cogn Sci. 2005 Feb;9(2):69-74. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2004.12.005.


Questions about the nature of normative and atypical development in adolescence have taken on special significance in the last few years, as scientists have begun to recast old portraits of adolescent behavior in the light of new knowledge about brain development. Adolescence is often a period of especially heightened vulnerability as a consequence of potential disjunctions between developing brain, behavioral and cognitive systems that mature along different timetables and under the control of both common and independent biological processes. Taken together, these developments reinforce the emerging understanding of adolescence as a critical or sensitive period for a reorganization of regulatory systems, a reorganization that is fraught with both risks and opportunities.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / physiology*
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Adolescent Development / physiology*
  • Affect / physiology*
  • Brain / growth & development*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Peer Group