Neuroimaging for Solving Mysteries of the Teenage Brain

Saturday, 14 February 2015: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 230A (San Jose Convention Center)
Beatriz Luna, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Cognition and motivation specialize into the adolescent period, when risk-taking increases mortality and major psychopathology emerges. Innovative neuroimaging methods are revealing changes in adolescent brain functions that link to previously unknown organization of functional and structural connectivity. Studies support a new model of the maturing adolescent brain, revealing that the adult level of executive control of cognitive functions is greatly influenced by enhancing motivation systems.