A positive correlation has been identified between prosocial and rebellious behaviors in teens. The more risk taking behaviors a teen exhibited, the more likely they were to act prosocially. The findings suggest the same developmental processes are at work for both types of behaviors. Also noted was faster brain development in the medial prefrontal cortex predicted a decrease in rebellious behavior.
According to a new study, those addicted to cocaine have strong motivation to seek out rewards, but exhibit an impaired ability to adjust their behavior and are less fulfilled when they achieve their desired goal.
A neuroimaging study reports connections between certain brain regions are amplified in teens who are more prone to taking risks.
EEG technology allows researchers to predict risk taking behaviors in people. Researchers say higher frontal midline theta power is linked to higher cognitive control, allowing people to weigh up options more intensively during the decision making process.
Researchers report chronic stress can influence how we make decisions. In a new study, mice who were affected by chronic stress were more likely to make more risky decisions with higher payoff options than those who were less stressed.
A new study links parental depression with increased activity in areas of the teen brain associated with risk taking behaviors.
Researchers report changes in brain chemistry in people who take the medication Ritalin without it being prescribed to them. Changes impacted body weight, risk taking behaviors and locomotive activity. Additionally, women were more sensitive to the behavioral effects that men.
People whose computer mouse drifted toward a safer option on the screen, even when they ultimately decided to select a riskier option, may be more risk avoidant than their choices would indicate.
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.