Neural contributions to risk taking in adolescence: Developmental changes and individual differences
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry , Volume 57 - Issue 3 p. 353- 368
Background: Risk-taking, which involves voluntary choices for behaviors where outcomes remain uncertain, undergoes considerable developmental changes during childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. In addition, risk-taking is thought to be a key element of many externalizing disorders, such as ADHD, delinquency, conduct disorder, and substance abuse. In this review, we will discuss the potential adaptive and nonadaptive properties of risk-taking in childhood and adolescence. Findings: We propose that the changes in brain architecture and function are a crucial element underlying these developmental trajectories. We first identify how subcortical and cortical interactions are important for understanding risk-taking behavior in adults. Next, we show how developmental changes in this network underlie changes in risk-taking behavior. Finally, we explore how these differences can be important for understanding externalizing behavioral disorders in childhood and adolescence. Conclusions: We conclude that longitudinal studies are of crucial importance for understanding these developmental trajectories, and many of these studies are currently underway.
|Risk-taking behavior, adolescence, developmental changes, individual differences, externalizing disorders, brain connectivity, ventral striatum.|
|Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry|
Crone, E.A.M., & van Duivenvoorde, A.C.K. (2016). Neural contributions to risk taking in adolescence: Developmental changes and individual differences. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(3), 353–368. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12502