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- Electronic ISBN 9780123979179
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.
This originated as a white paper requested by the Canadian government for a specific group looking to understand adolescent brain development in the context of adolescent behavior. The paper was not made available to the Canadian government outside of the specific task force that requested it nor to the general public. The authors have since decided that having put so much effort into concisely summarizing research on adolescent brain development, it would be a useful addition to researchers in psychology generally. The original paper has since been updated and revised considerably.
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.
Chapter 1. Structural Brain Development in Late Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood
1.2 Anatomical Changes
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?
Chapter 3. Social and Emotional Development
3.1 The Development of Social Information Processing
3.2 Models of Social Behavior
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
"...provides an important overview of the development of the brain during adolescence…Aimed at health care practitioners, parents, college students, and more, this overview links research to real-world issues and questions in the field."- Journal of Youth and Adolescence
"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