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Studying social anxiety

Impulsive, socially anxious, uncompromising - these are some of the characteristics you may recognise in the teenagers you know. Scientists at the University of Oxford are researching into changes that take place in the teenage brain that may explain this change in behaviour.

In this activity students read a psychology research paper that uses an experimental method to research social anxiety in adolescents. They will evaluate the method and draw conclusion before explaining them in terms of changes in the adolescent brain.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students learn how the brain changes during adolescence
  • Students evaluate an experimental procedure
  • Students explain how the results from psychology research is used


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