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Sport Psych 101: Brandon Weeden Edition


It is the school of thought in contemporary psychology that “…cultures [which] allow young people a prolonged period of independent role exploration during [their] late teens and twenties” see those young people enter into emerging adulthood.1  Emerging adulthood is a new category, as of the 20-aughts, of adolescent psychological development, not existing for generations born before 1975, born before video games. Positively, this attempts to allow for more concrete decision making, balancing out longer life expectancies, experimenting with love, work, identity and place in life. Conversely, it can lead to indulgence, excess in hedonistic choices and floundering. Brandon Weeden does seem to exhibit the positives, but the problem is not his brain. The problem is his arm. Weeden, though making capable life decisions, is in the fourth stage of physical brain development, roughly spanning the ages of 23 to 65. Neural pruning (making lasting brain/body connections) is what would allow Weeden’s arm to catch up to what his brain is telling him: The NFL is fucking fast, friend. However, the majority of  neural pruning takes place in the third stage, ages 7 to 22, after which the brain is its most potent for only five more years, telling us what we already know about Brandon Weeden.


-Jon Conley

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  1. Emerging adulthood: A theory of development from the late teens through the twenties. -Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen, American Psychologist, Vol 55(5), May 2000, 469-480 []

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