Adolescent Development of the Reward System

  title={Adolescent Development of the Reward System},
  author={Adriana Galv{\'a}n},
  booktitle={Front. Hum. Neurosci.},
Adolescence is a developmental period characterized by increased reward-seeking behavior. Investigators have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in conjunction with reward paradigms to test two opposing hypotheses about adolescent developmental changes in the striatum, a region implicated in reward processing. One hypothesis posits that the striatum is relatively hypo-responsive to rewards during adolescence, such that heightened reward-seeking behavior is necessary to achieve the… CONTINUE READING
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