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Adriana Galván [Edit Page]

Assistant Professor

Ph. D., Neuroscience at Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Developmental Psychology

Contact Information

Office: 2263B FH

Phone: (310) 206-4850


Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Galván's research focuses on adolescent brain development.  Specifically, her work examines how changes in brain maturation during adolescence relate to adolescent behavior and decision-making.

Research questions in her laboratory are addressed using a multidisciplinary approach, including behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI) methods.  Recent work has examined developmental trajectories in neurobiological substrates underlying affect processing as they relate to risk-taking behavior. Currently, research projects address the role of social influence and peer pressure on decision-making and neural activity in typically developing children and adolescents.

Another line of research examines functional brain development in adolescent risk-takers (e.g. adolescent smokers, methamphetamine-addicted adolescents), particularly as it relates to cognitive control and risky decision-making.


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