Mothers know best: redirecting adolescent reward sensitivity toward safe behavior during risk taking.

@article{Telzer2015MothersKB,
  title={Mothers know best: redirecting adolescent reward sensitivity toward safe behavior during risk taking.},
  author={Eva H. Telzer and Nicholas T Ichien and Yang Qu},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  year={2015},
  volume={10 10},
  pages={1383-91}
}
Despite being one of the healthiest developmental periods, morbidity and mortality rates increase dramatically during adolescence, largely due to preventable, risky behaviors. Heightened reward sensitivity, coupled with ineffective cognitive control, has been proposed to underlie adolescents' risk taking. In this study, we test whether reward sensitivity can be redirected to promote safe behavior. Adolescents completed a risk-taking task in the presence of their mother and alone during fMRI… CONTINUE READING