Friday, September 09, 2005

Teenagers and intelligence

I KNEW it, I bloody well knew it.

Teenagers really do get ‘dumber’, according to an article in The Irish Times today.

I knew if I did the research that some academic or scientific-type would provide me with the evidence to back up what is bloody well apparent in the Redmum household.

Written by Dick Ahistrom, the article says: “social intelligence diminishes as the brain begins to rewire itself during puberty”.

That would probably explain how the young wan at times seems to lose IQ points as you speak to her.

The article explains: “New research shows that puberty disturbs their ability to recognise their parents’ emotional state, leaving the teen oblivious to their frustration”.

OBLIVIOUS – that is so bloody true, but I would go so far as to add completely oblivious.

The research was uncovered during tests to find out why boys are 10 times more likely to be autistic than girls.

The tests involved three tasks, recognising facial expressions such as fear, anger, sadness and surprise, remembering faces; and telling whether someone is making eye contact with them.

“More surprisingly, he found that usually between the ages of 14 to 16 for girls and 15 to 17 for boys, teenagers are much less able to recognise the meanings of facial expressions such as fear and anger.”

There was a ray of hope at the end of the article “this dip in intelligence quickly diminishes leaving girls and boys able to respond normally to facial expressions as older teens”.

However, it said between the ages of 14 and 16 years old, that’s two bloody years, how is that quickly? And the young wan’s started already, so this could go on for another three years, that’s not quickly, that’s a b*ll*x.

I should have memed herself but I know the seven thing she is most likely to say is:

1. I don’t know
2. No
3. Yes
4. That was from before
5. *rolls eyes* (that counts in my book)
6. (that was the silence when you ask a question and don’t
get normal stock answers 1-4)
7. *SIGH* before slamming a door.

Here’s a link to the article, however The Irish Times is a subscription site so you may not be able to access it.

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JL Pagano said...

Aw come one surely you must get the occasional : "what-EVER!!!!"

Le laquet said...

Doesn't she also ask "why are you asking me so many questions?" That's a particular favourite with my 14 yr old nephew.

thordora said...

Don't forget "It's not fair! So and So doesn't have to (insert task)!"

I've contended for years that kids get hit with the stupid stick at about 13, and it doesn't wear off until at least 22....(longer for most guys)

I mean really-think of the hormones. You couldn't pay me enough to be a teenager again.