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Teenage Brains Run on Raw Emotion

Research explains why that isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Activist Greta Thunberg speaking into a microphone as she leads the Youth Climate Strike.
Activist Greta Thunberg leads the Youth Climate Strike in an effort to promote awareness and change to current global environmental policies on September 20, 2019 in New York City. Photo: John Lamparski/WireImage/Getty

SSome of the biggest social movements today — including protests for climate change and gun regulation — were sparked by teenagers. And while teens are often belittled as vaping TikTok fanatics, recent research suggests the passion and commitment of adolescent activists such as climate activist Greta Thunberg

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Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs is a California-based journalist who focuses on psychology, behavior, creativity, and the arts. He was the senior staff writer of Pacific Standard.