Study finds a sex difference in a gene linked to substance abuse risk in adolescents.
Researchers report adolescent cannabis use alters the structural development of the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that helps control higher cognitive functions.
A new study reveals the influence testosterone levels play in adolescent decision making.
A new study links parental depression with increased activity in areas of the teen brain associated with risk taking behaviors.
Soft drink consumption during early adolescence predicted more aggressive behavior later in teen years. Aggressive behavior at 13 also predicted increased soft drink consumption at age 16. Soft drink consumption at 13 predicted fewer depressive symptoms, but depressive symptoms did not predict soda consumption. Findings suggest reducing soda consumption during adolescence could help curb aggressive behaviors.
Researchers uncover a casual relationship between behavioral control and a specific imbalance in brain function that exists during adolescence.
Teens with psychosis spectrum disorders have significantly reduced surface areas in the orbitofrontal cortex, cingulate, precentral, and postcentral brain regions. MRI scans also revealed decreased thalamic volume.