The Risks of the Reward-Seeking Brain

  • Reward-seeking

    Adolescent brain development means even though you know better, you will still take risks to get rewards. Find out how to stay safe when your brain is in this intense phase of development.

  • Risk-Taking

    Learn about your developing brain and why you put yourself and others at risk when driving. Find out strategies to resist the lure of your phone, the desire to speed, and other dangerous behaviours.

  • Peer Effect

    Discover what researchers discovered about the impact of peers on you when you're driving. Being informed about your brain at this stage will keep you and your friends safer on the road.

Course Designer & Teacher

Writer & Educator

Dr. Jennifer Fraser

With a PhD from the University of Toronto in Comparative Literature, Jennifer is an award-winning educator who has taught for twenty years at the university, college and high-school level and also worked with young adults as they are launching their careers. A published author of books & articles, Jennifer believes teens & young adults, teachers, coaches and all who work with young people deserve the most up-to-date information and knowledge, especially when it comes to their well-being and safety. For more, see https://www.neuroparadigm.com.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1: When Rewards Outweigh Risks

    • The Reward-Seeking Adolescent Brain

    • The Reward-Seeking Adolescent Brain Video Part 1

    • The Reward-Seeking Adolescent Brain Video Part 2

  • 2

    Lesson 2: Looking to Peers for Rewards

    • The Incredible Influence of Peers

    • The Incredible Influence of Peers Video Part 1

    • The Incredible Influence of Peers Video Part 2

  • 3

    Sources

    • Resources for Further Reading

Do you want to stay safe?

Get informed and intentional about your developing brain and how to manage it to keep yourself and your friends safe!