Friends provide emotional support and help us define who we are. Lisa Schreuders examined how social interactions contribute to adolescent social development. She examined neural processes implicated in forming and maintaining friendships.
Have you ever experienced a feeling of satisfaction and an impulse to say “I told you so”? In our recently published fMRI study, we demonstrated the rewarding effect of being right, even in the case of a negative outcome like monetary loss.
Adolescence is marked by a peak in activity in the reward center of the brain. In our recent study, we found that various motivational factors contribute to these developmental changes from early adolescence to early adulthood.