A series of behavioral and brain imaging studies are focused on understanding how adolescent decision making might differ from adult decision making. Relatedly, we are evaluating how brain development, which continues through adolescence, shapes typical changes in decision making in the second and third decades of life.

This work is supported by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Leah Somerville and a Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellowship to Barbara Braams.

Current Projects: 

under what conditions do peers influence adolescent risk taking?
how do consequences for peers shape adolescent decisions?
how do adolescents make decisions about how to explore their environments?

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