- The teenage brain: a neuroeconomic approach to adolescent decision making
- Current Directions in Psychological Science
- Volume | Issue number
- 22 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Recent neuroscientific studies have pinpointed a relative imbalance between the development of subcortical-affective and prefrontal-control brain networks that creates specific sensitivities during adolescence. Despite these advances in understanding adolescent brain development, there is a strong need for a more mechanistic understanding of the way these limbic and frontal-cortical areas interact and contribute to adolescents’ risky and social decision-making. We discuss a neuroeconomic approach that has the potential to significantly forward the understanding of decision making in adolescence.
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