Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Neurobiological sensitivity to social context in adolescents
Social influence from parents and peers represent the most potent predictors of adolescents’ initiation and escalation of risk-taking behaviors. However, emerging evidence also implicates the protective role of parents and peers in adolescents’ positive and adaptive adjustment. In this talk, I will draw on developmental social neuroscience research, underscoring the malleability of the adolescent brain, which may account for heightened susceptibility to social influence during this developmental period. I will highlight how neurobiological sensitivity to social context can be an opportunity for promoting social adjustment, redirecting negative trajectories to help adolescents thrive.
A pizza lunch will be served at 11:45am. The seminar will run from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.