Adolescent cortical development: A critical period of vulnerability for addiction

  title={Adolescent cortical development: A critical period of vulnerability for addiction},
  author={F. Crews and J. He and C. Hodge},
  journal={Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior},
  • F. Crews, J. He, C. Hodge
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
  • Cortical growth and remodeling continues from birth through youth and adolescence to stable adult levels changing slowly into senescence. There are critical periods of cortical development when specific experiences drive major synaptic rearrangements and learning that only occur during the critical period. For example, visual cortex is characterized by a critical period of plasticity involved in establishing visual acuity. Adolescence is defined by characteristic behaviors that include high… CONTINUE READING
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