Galvan Rxn - Reading Reaction#3 Lisa Jones The Galvan...

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Reading Reaction #3 Lisa Jones The Galvan experiment looks at biological factors relating to risky behavior in adolescents. By method of a series of questionnaires followed by functional MRI's, the experimenters conducted the experiment on three sets of people: children, adolescents, and young adults. After thorough analysis of the data obtained, it was indicated that there is a relationship between potential risky behavior and nucleus accumbens activity. The results indicated that the more accumbens activity, the higher the risk in engaging in risky behavior. This was especially true in the adolescent age group. From what we have learned in class, the brain does not fully develop until early adulthood. The reticular formation, myelin, and prefrontal cortex are all fully developed after the adolescent years. This means these abilities and sensations these areas control are compromised during this time period. The maturation of the reticular formation and prefrontal cortex are followed by other important developed areas of the brain such as the
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSYCH 021 taught by Professor Dr.v during the Fall '08 term at Drake University .

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