Biases in peers’ perception

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Teens Overestimate How Much Other Teens Party

Given that teens are prone to reckless behavior, researchers naturally have an interest in what compels them to so frequently do not-smart things. Peer pressure is one of the most frequently offered explanations, but that’s only a partial answer; sure, there are instances in which teens directly pressure each other into risky behavior like in DARE-esque after-school specials from the 1990s, but often the social dynamics that lead kids to adopt or eschew certain behaviors are a lot more complicated than that. To try to better understand how this stuff works, a team led by Sarah W. Helms, a psychology researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill, conducted some interesting research on high-school students that was recently published in Developmental Psychology. ….[READ]


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