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Some summary statements from research on adolescent brain science:“Hot” and “cold” cognitionPerhaps because of the relative ease of quantifying hormonal levels in animal models, it is tempting to attribute all adolescent behavioral changes to “raging hormones.” More nuanced investigations of adolescent behavior seek to understand the specific mechanisms by which hormones affect neural circuitry and to discern these processes from nonhormonal developmental changes. An important aspect of this work is the distinction between “hot” and “cold” cognition. Hot cognition refers to conditions of high emotional arousal or conflict; this is often the case for the riskiest of adolescent behaviors. Most research to date has captured information in conditions of “cold cognition” (e.g., low arousal, no peers, and hypothetical situations). Like impulse control and sensation seeking, hot and cold cognition are subserved by different neuronal circuits and have different developmental courses.What does science say about age limits?Research on adolescent brain development does not point to an obvious age at which a sharp legal distinction between adolescents and adults should be drawn for all purposes, but it is informative. People reach various kinds of maturity between the ages of roughly 15 and 22. Adolescents’ judgement in situations that permit unhurried decision-making and consultation with others – what psychologists call “cold cognition” – is likely to be as mature as that of adults by 16. In contrast, adolescents’ judgement in situations characterized by heightened emotions, time pressure or the potential for social coercion – “hot cognition” – is unlikely to be as mature as that of adults until they are older, certainly no younger than 18 and perhaps not until they are 21. This distinction is partly related to our understanding of changes in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which usually continue for the first 20 years of life.Cold cognition is relevant to matters such as voting, granting informed consent for medical procedures or taking part in a scientific study, and competence to stand trial in court. In these, adolescents can gather evidence, consult advisers (such as parents, physicians or lawyers), and take time before making a decision. Time pressure and peer pressure aren’t usually factors.Matters that involve hot cognition, such as driving, drinking and criminal responsibility, are the circumstances that tend to bring out the worst in adolescents’ judgement. They frequently pit the temptation of immediate rewards against the prudent consideration of long-term costs, occur against a backdrop of high emotion, and are influenced by other adolescents. These are the very conditions under which adolescent decision-making is more impulsive, more risky and more myopic than that of adults.Science would say we ought to set the minimum driving age and the minimum age of adult criminal responsibility at 18, and continue to restrict minors’ access to alcohol, tobacco and, where it is legal, marijuana.

SaoirseCharisGraves 5 days ago

Interesting news story this morning on NPR discussing how nicotine, vaping, and flavored nicotine effect the teenage brain. Bottom line: teenagers are particularly susceptible to nicotine due to receptors in their developing brains, even more susceptible when flavors are added, and nicotine use can lead to long-term changes in the brain, like ADHD.

CaseyBrown 5 days ago

ICYMI - article in the Post today about youth vaping and a likely bill in 2020 to raise the age for nicotine products -

Laura Weinberg 5 days ago

This looks interesting, Maybe we will want to livestream to a Golden conference room:2019 State Demography Summit RegistrationThis one day conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn about the most current population and economic conditions and forecasts for the state and its regions. These plenary sessions will not only cover the data and information but also implications for planning, policy, business, and public services. Experts will share recent research and programs surrounding housing demand and supply and future plans for the region. Sessions will also cover the latest status of Census 2020 and new tools for accessing Census and State Demography Office data.Agenda TopicsUpdates on State Demography Office population estimates and forecasts,Federal, State, and Local updates and perspectives on the 2020 Census,Demonstration of the new Census data portal,,Data tools available from the State Demography Office, andHousing Supply and Demand: Why the disequilibrium? Impacts on households and potential solutionsLocation: Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120. The Summit RoomDate and Time: Friday, November 1, 2019. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.6 hours of Continuing Education Credits are available for ACIP Planners, Real Estate Appraisers, and Real Estate Brokers.Cost: In-Person Attendance: $60.00 per personLivestream Attendance: $30.00 per connectionSummit Announcement Page: Page:

Marjorie 15 days ago

SMALL COMMUNITIES HOT TOPICS IV – 26 SEP 2019, Jiles McCoy & I attendedSMART CITIES: Playing the Smart Region GameTake Aways1. Connectivity & Citizen Engagement - Guiding Golden got a highlight2. Resiliencya. Xcel addressed the future of power backup & microgridsb. Town of Bennet addressed their use of GIS for inventory & tracking of assets and conditions (stuff we do for signs, pavement, pipes etc.)3. Smart City Denver RFP Process & Resultsa. RFP got well over 100 responsesb. They contracted with 60 + for various tasks and included the provision that govt entities across CO could ride the contract with any vendor ( something we might consider)4. Safetya. Very interesting presentationb. Emphasized the importance of efforts like we are practicingc. Emphasized the importance of:i. Backupii. Trainingiii. Systems for Risk Assessment & Penetration exercisesiv. We should consider getting periodic updates/reports on our safety programv. Big $$$$$s are being stolen & ransomedvi. Resources availablethrough DRCOG5. Mobility & Mobility Blue Printa. DRCOG perspective on Smart People Movement Systemsb. Lots of resources available through DRCOG6. AGRIBURBIA – Quint Redmond (formerly of the Golden area, now in Keensburg)a. Talked about local food and food grown in communitiesb. Addressed Community Food Fraction – fraction produced locallyc. Integrated food production in communities and business settingsd. Has recommendations for Comp Plans and Codes that we might want to consider

JimDale 18 days ago

Affordable Housing/Living: note the article in the Denver Post today about food/housing insecurity in college students in Denver (same applies here at Mines)

JimDale 21 days ago

State of the Nation's Housing - A summary is in this month's CML newsletter. Notable takeaways: there is a nationwide shortage of housing; nearly 1/3 of households in US are cost-burdened; in 63 metros, including Denver, the median renter could afford less than 1/4 of recently sold homes; and real median income rose 17% while real median home prices rose 42% in same time period. Here is the link to the entire report.

Laura Weinberg 21 days ago

A Colorado Sun article about a Ft. Collins death investigation seems tangentially relevant to our household definition discussion.The background: a student was shot and killed with a roommate's gun in an off-campus apartment. Before calling 911, the roommate took various measures to change the scene AND, with another roommate, "concocted a story ...before police arrived to hide the true number of roommates living at the house. Fort Collins ordinance limits the number of unrelated occupants to three, but at least five lived at the house." I was compelled to share this astonishing reaction to the situation and ordinance.

Marjorie 22 days ago

FYI, The poster we created and took to the DRCOG off-site at Keystone addressing some Golden efforts and Guiding Golden is now posted in Supporting Documents in here on the Council Connects page - thanks to Karlyn!

JimDale 25 days ago

DRCOG INFOVISION ZERO- An approach/plan to reduce mobility relate fatalities to the aspirational goal of zero- There is a toolbox associated with this effort- I believe our MTAB should look at thisRTD DISCOUNTED FARES- Needy folks (185% of the Federal Poverty Level) can get 40% discounted tickets through the Colorado PEAK website- Seniors, youth and disabled can get even greater discounts through RTDPROP CC COMING TO OUR BALLOT- For a good description, including pros and cons from various advocates, go to the DRCOG website and the calendar for the Board of Directors for 18 Sep- Click on the BOD entry, click on materials pdf, then go Attachment C

JimDale 27 days ago
Marjorie about 1 month ago

Denver could raise tobacco and nicotine age to 21 — and change how products are sold locally:

CaseyBrown about 1 month ago

Rocky Flats Stewardship Council – 9 Sep 2019Lindsey Masters, Chief of the Hazardous Waste Division, CDPHE, briefed the Council about recent soil testing along the right of way of the proposed parkway:1. The Jefferson County Highway Authority (JCHA) hired an environmental firm to do soil tests along the right of way of the proposed parkway. Radiological testing has been done on over half of the 250+ samples taken. 2. The test on one sample was significantly over the “Action Level” but under the “Risk Level” as outlined in EPA directives. The second test on the soil sample was under the Action Level.3. The Environmental Laboratory’s testing protocols have not yet been provided to CDPHE.4. The contractor is preparing/has done “step back” sampling around the site of the elevated sample for additional testing.5. An environmental firm/individual, representing interested citizens, was reported to have taken soil samples from all the sites taken by the JCHA environmental contractor. The citizen firm reported an elevated finding on the same above site but has not yet provided laboratory documents to CDPHE or the RFSC.6. The RFSC Executive Director noted that “hot spots” were expected to be found following the “Clean Up” of RF but not at the level observed.I recommend we monitor and stay tuned

JimDale about 1 month ago

I am sharing links to a couple of articles about Deliberative Engagement. As we lead into election "season," these ideas about why process matters and how/why our brains are easily drawn into polarization might be useful to you.

SaoirseCharisGraves about 2 months ago
Rob Reed about 2 months ago

Hi all, below is a link to my interview on the City Council Chronicles podcast. Many of you are featured in various clips as well. We covered a wide range of topics, including what type of MillerCoors product the City Council most closely represents, the recent building moratorium, and expanding voting rights to ages 16 and older. Hopefully I didn't embarrass the City too much!

CaseyBrown 2 months ago

3. (Continue DRCOG info)Area Agency for Aging briefing. Go to DRCOG/calendar for July 23rd and click on it for the packet

JimDale 3 months ago

DRCOG BOARD PACKET: LI mention three important issues address during our recent, last Thursday I mention three big issues that were addressed in powerpoint presentations in the last Wed DRCOG packet:1. Strategic and Tactical plans for the METRO region (see Unified Plan)2. Options for funding METRO transportation3.

JimDale 3 months ago

On a related topic to crosswalks, I thought this article on pedestrian "beg buttons" was interesting and relevant to the pedestrian experience in downtown Golden:

CaseyBrown 3 months ago
Marjorie 3 months ago