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X-treme Teenage Emotions: Mood Swings

Our Essential Question: How Do Psychologists Explain Mood Swings?

The biological perspective looks at changes that happen to the teenage brain’s structure, hormonal changes, and the nature of components of the brain, and how they cause mood swings. The cognitive perspective focuses on the thinking processes of t...

Mood Swings - An Introduction

Have you ever been really happy and then all of a sudden, extremely angry? Chances are, that happened during your teenage years, and you couldn’t control those impulsive emotional reactions. In this Clipbook, we will explain to you the psychology ...

The Biological Perspective

What are mood swings? Mood swings are abrupt and unaccountable changes in mood. They often make a teen feel out of control, making them behave irrationally - putting people around them on edge. Unfortunately, there is no way to change this - in ad...

What Are Some Explanations Of Mood Swings?

Hans Koot, a professor of developmental psychology, said that in early teen years, cognitive control systems lagged behind in emotional development (their response to emotional stimuli slowed down), making it hard for adolescents to cope with thei...

Structural Changes In The Teenage Brain

How does the brain's form change physically during teenage years, and how does that lead to mood swings?

Synaptic Pruning During Adolescence

In adolescence, much of the pruning takes place in the frontal lobes. Image from http://www.slideshare.net/nationalsafeplace/adolescent-brain-development-and-its-effects.

Chemical Changes In The Teenage Brain

What chemical changes happen in the adolescent brain (such as hormonal changes and imbalances), and how does that lead to mood swings?

The Cognitive Perspective

Cognitive psychology is to find thinking patterns. They can explain how people perceive, think, memorize, and learn. They approach people in many ways such as surveys, observations, and so on. So cognitive psychology is therefore a very strong whe...

A Study On Mood Variability Across Adolescence

How the psychologists observe the mood swing in the adolescence? Here is the research paper which can be a good example to answer that question.

How Does Mood Variability Develop Across Adolescence?

Here are graphs on emotional variability in terms of happiness, anger, anxiety, and sadness during adolescence. Early teenage years appear to have the most mood variability (and hence the most mood swings), and variability decreases with age (poss...

Summary Of A Research Paper On Mood Variability

Here are the summary and some important inferences from the research paper.

How Are Biological And Cognitive Psychology Related When Explaining Mood Swings?

Sometimes, all three perspectives (biological, cognitive, and sociocultural) have the same hypotheses and conclusions, but explain them in different ways. Here we explain how the cognitive perspective in psychology is related to the biological pe...

Things To Keep In Mind About Cognitive Psychology

Those factors I have introduced are the tendency of the teenage mood swing, and can be causes of the mood swing. However, you should remember that the level of mood variability and the term it lasts is up to each children.

A Personal Take On Mood Swings

Mood swings are an integral part of teenagehood. Most who are affected by this phenomenon see themselves as different, when in fact, this happens to almost every teenageer in the world. It's a necessary part of growth, but can cause problems. One ...

Our first story happened to a senior less than a month ago. Stress threatened to overwhelm her as she came home, worrying about college applications, extracurriculars, and homework. As became the norm in her household, she argued with her parents ...

Our second story is my own. After a bad day at school, I had come home irked and annoyed. After an hour or two, I had calmed down, but that’s when my mother asked me if I could take a walk with my dogs. It ended up being one of the worst walks to ...

What all of these personal anecdotes share are very important lessons. Mood swings are very common in communities of teenagers, and through the biological, cognitive and sociocultural perspectives of psychology (as we have seen), psychologists hav...

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X-treme Teenage Emotions: Mood Swings

Walter Basnight, Walter BasnightWalter Basnight
The psychology behind extreme teenage emotions and mood swings