oa Article 40 - Criminal capacity and the teenage brain : insights from neurological research

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Wise individuals have always known that adolescence is one of the most challenging periods in human development. More than 2,300 years ago, Aristotle observed that 'the young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.' More recently, William Shakespeare had a shepherd wish in that 'there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.' Just last century, one of the world's leading developmental psychologists, Erik Erikson, described adolescence as the most tumultuous of life's several identity crises.

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