Earlier adolescent substance use onset predicts stronger connectivity between reward and cognitive control brain networks

@article{Weissman2015EarlierAS,
  title={Earlier adolescent substance use onset predicts stronger connectivity between reward and cognitive control brain networks},
  author={David G Weissman and Roberta A. Schriber and Catherine Fassbender and Olivia E. Atherton and Cynthia Krafft and Richard W. Robins and Paul D Hastings and Amanda E. Guyer},
  journal={Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2015},
  volume={16},
  pages={121-129}
}
BACKGROUND Early adolescent onset of substance use is a robust predictor of future substance use disorders. We examined the relation between age of substance use initiation and resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) of the core reward processing (nucleus accumbens; NAcc) to cognitive control (prefrontal cortex; PFC) brain networks. METHOD Adolescents in a longitudinal study of Mexican-origin youth reported their substance use annually from ages 10 to 16 years. At age 16, 69 adolescents… CONTINUE READING
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