Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Science Solves Mystery of the Lazy Teenager; SULKY AND IDLE, BUT BRAIN SCANS SHOW THE BOYS AND GIRLS CAN'T HELP IT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Science Solves Mystery of the Lazy Teenager; SULKY AND IDLE, BUT BRAIN SCANS SHOW THE BOYS AND GIRLS CAN'T HELP IT

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

HARRY ENFIELD'S Kevin and Perry characters struck a chord with parents everywhere, with their constant sulking and idleness.

However, new research has revealed that troublesome teens can't help being lazy.

Scans have shown that the part of the brain dealing with motivation was found to be far less active or developed in teens than in adults.

"They just seem to have a huge lack of drive to do anything," said Dr David Hummer of the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which carried out the study. "It seems that area of their brain isn't yet developed.

"We also discovered teens tend to take more risks. This could explain why they disobey their parents and why drinking and drug abuse is a problem - it just takes a lot more to excite a teen than an adult." Dr Hummer's team carried out brain scans on 12 teenagers and 12 people over 20 while they played a specially designed gambling game, where they were given differing financial incentives to hit a target. …

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