Adolescent Brain Development

Implications for Behavior

This comprehensive yet brief overview of the adolescent human brain discusses how the brain develops during this critical period of life and how that development impacts decision-making and risk-taking behavior in the adolescent.
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Researchers, policy makers, and interested lay people on the development of the adolescent brain and its impact on decision making and behavior in the adolescent.  This may include developmental psychologists, cognitive psychologists, neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, and clinical psychologists.


Book information

  • Published: July 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-397916-2


"Aimed at healthcare practitioners, community workers, college students, and parents, this volume summarizes the research literature on the adolescent brain and implications for social and emotional behavior, with the goal of providing an accessible overview that links research to real-world issues and controversies in the field."--Reference and Research Book News, December 2012

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Structural Brain Development in Late Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Anatomical Changes

1.3 Summary

Chapter 2 Connectivity

2.1 Changes in Networks Over Childhood, Adolescence, and Young Adulthood

2.2 How are Changes in Connectivity Related to Development in the Cognitive Domain?

2.3 Implications

Chapter 3 Social and Emotional Development

3.1 The Development of Social Information Processing

3.2 Models of Social Behavior

3.3 Aggression

3.4 Individual Differences in Social Behavior: A Personality Perspective

Chapter 4 How Genes and Environment Work Together to Influence Brain Growth and Behavior

4.1 Genetic Effects on Brain Growth

4.2 A Broad Range of Experiential Factors Influence Brain Development

4.3 Implications: The Bottom Line

Summary and Implications