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Risk taking and social pressure in driving behavior by adolescents

Heikki Hämäläinen, Professor of Psychology, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Turku

GOAL:

 We have determined male adolescent driver's risk taking and influences by social pressure while playing a stoplight computer game. Functional and structural imaging reveals differences in reward-related functions in brain structures as well as connectivity between cortical areas of the high and low risky drivers.
 
GROUP MEMBERS:
  • Riitta Parkkola  Professor 
  • Dagfinn Moe PhD
  • Victor Vorobyev PhD
  • Myoung Soo Kwon PhD

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

  1. Kwon, M.S., Vorobyev, V., Moe, D., Parkkola, R., Hämäläinen, H. (revision submitted) Brain structural correlates of risk-taking behavior and effects of peer influence in adolescents. Plos One.
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