Figure 1. Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex region
The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex region of the brain is one of the last regions of the brain to develop at the end of adolescence. Generally, maturation is observed as a reduction in size.
Figure 2. Grey Matter vs. White Matter
During adolescence, grey matter volume undergoes an overall decrease at puberty. In contrast, white matter increases exponentially during adolescents.
Figure 3. Limbic System
Increased frequency of risk-taking during adolescence is due to the developmental changes in the limbic system which is functionally more mature as compared to the pre-frontal cortex.