Twelfth Jeffrey Lecture on Cognitive Neuroscience
Presented by Dr. BJ Casey on January 26, 2012
The Myths of Adolescence and Recent Evidence from Neuroscience
BJ Casey, Ph.D.
Director of the Sackler Institute and Neuroscience Graduate Program
Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medical College
Negotiating the transition from dependence on parents to relative independence is not a unique demand fortoday's youth, but has a long evolutionary history and is shared across mammalian species. Yet behavioral changes observed during this period are often described as "delinquent" or reflecting cognitive "deficits". This lecture will review empirical studies showing changes in explorative and emotive behaviors during the transition into and out ofadolescence and their neurobiological correlates in the context of both adaptive and maladaptive functions.
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