Differential patterns of amygdala and ventral striatum activation predict gender-specific changes in sexual risk behavior.

@article{Victor2015DifferentialPO,
  title={Differential patterns of amygdala and ventral striatum activation predict gender-specific changes in sexual risk behavior.},
  author={Elizabeth C Victor and Alexandra A Sansosti and Hilary C. Bowman and Ahmad R. Hariri},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2015},
  volume={35 23},
  pages={8896-900}
}
Although the initiation of sexual behavior is common among adolescents and young adults, some individuals express this behavior in a manner that significantly increases their risk for negative outcomes including sexually transmitted infections. Based on accumulating evidence, we have hypothesized that increased sexual risk behavior reflects, in part, an imbalance between neural circuits mediating approach and avoidance in particular as manifest by relatively increased ventral striatum (VS… CONTINUE READING