Do rebels grow up to be kinder adults?
The brain regions that are responsible for both risky behavior and empathy and 'prosocial' behavior are developing rapidly in adolescence. By taking MRi scans and surveying 200 children and 200 adolescents three times over the course of six years, researchers in the Netherlands and the US found out that those who took more risks, wanted to 'play and were rebellious by doing things like smoking and drinking tended to be more willing to help others. Do rebels really grow up to be kinder adults? And if so, should we then rethink our stereotypes? Lead study author Neeltje Blankenstein of Leiden University gives us the answer.