Higher polygenetic risk scores for schizophrenia, depression, neuroticism, and alcohol use disorder are indicators for higher risk of nicotine dependence.
A new study links parental depression with increased activity in areas of the teen brain associated with risk taking behaviors.
A new study reports teens who sleep for less than 6 hours per night are at greater risk of mental health issues, substance abuse, accidents and other risk taking behaviors.
Researchers report adolescent cannabis use alters the structural development of the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that helps control higher cognitive functions.
People prefer to play virtual slot machines that provide casino-related cues, such as the sound of coins dropping or symbols of dollar signs. Cues associated with money and winning makes virtual slot machines more attractive and bigger wins more memorable.
In the face of natural disasters, women tend to take the risks far more seriously but have trouble convincing men their concerns are a priority.
Researchers suggest older people may be less likely to take risks due to declining dopamine levels.