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Colloquium - Goal-directed behavior and the adolescent brain

Monday, October 2, 2023 | 4:00 PM

Wilson Hall, 214
Wilson Hall, St. Louis, MO 63130

My lab's research aims to reveal how neurodevelopmental shifts in circuit-level brain function contribute to changes in motivated, emotional, and social behavior during adolescence. My talk will feature new work that reveals the ways in which goal-directed behaviors are differentially shaped by cues of value during adolescence, and associations with changes in brain function. Ultimately, the aims of this work are threefold: to bolster fundamental understanding of human neurodevelopment in the second decade of life, to inform relationships between circuit-level brain function and human behavioral outcomes more generally, and to gain insight into mechanisms of health risks that emerge during adolescence.


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Leah H. Somerville, Ph.D. Department of Psychology Harvard University
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