This talk considers adolescent risk taking in various contexts, including culture, development, and social context. The talk addresses questions such as: Why do adolescents act so risky? Is adolescent risk taking inherent, or culturally-dependent? What can society do to work with high-risk youth? Are all risks bad? Natasha Duell is a postdoctoral fellow at Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to this, she was a graduate research assistant in the Neurocognition lab at Temple University, which is a joint lab with Drs. Laurence Steinberg and Jason Chein. She has been involved in the data management, data analysis, and publishing for an ongoing cross-national research study, Decision-Making in Everyday Life, which is being conducted in collaboration with Duke University's Center for Child and Family Policy.