Recent studies in the neuroscientist B.J. Casey’s lab at Cornell University suggest that adolescents aren’t reckless because they underestimate risks, but because they overestimate rewards-or, rather, find rewards more rewarding than adults do.
Think about videogames, which present only rewards. If my mom’s Honda had been merely a batch of pixels in Forza, I could have pressed that magical rewind button the game gives you and gone back thirty seconds and slowed down, saving myself $675 and several weeks of grounding from my parents in the process. Ah, if only.
[via Wall Street Journal]