This week I learned about the teenage brain and the pleasures and pains of the social life. A reading was handed out about it. We had to read and annotate the reading to then discuss with a group of four. Another reading was also passed out about a girl that showed a good example on the negative outcomes in the teenage brain that later went into it all. We learned about how dopamine works on that brain. It is the reward center for the brain. We also learned how the teenage brain has much more of advantage than the brain of say someone who is not a teenager. Teenagers scored higher in area that were tested than people who were not teenagers. The teenage brain allows a person to try more new things, take more risk, etc. This week we were also introduced to the basic human needs and the basic social needs of humans. The basic human needs are food, water, and shelter. The social needs are status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness. We learned how these all play a huge role in our lives and had examples of them. This week we also did mini performances. We each got a subject and we had to act it out as teenagers which we are and how it looks. To end the week, we watched a documentary titled “Terra”. This documentary was about earth, and the animals on it, and how humans are affecting it in not such a positive way. From learning about this, it has made me actually care more about the environment. It has also made me care for my animals more.