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.
Researchers explore what goes on in the teen brain during this critical point of development and say that it might be time to put some age-old stereotypes to rest.
Researchers report it might not be slowed prefrontal cortex development that drives teens to embark in risky behavior, as some common theories state. Instead, they argue, teens may make risky decisions as a means of experience building so they are better equipped at making important decisions later in life.
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.
Researchers uncover a casual relationship between behavioral control and a specific imbalance in brain function that exists during adolescence.
Researchers suggest older people may be less likely to take risks due to declining dopamine levels.