ERIC Number: EJ848043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Probing the Neural Correlates of Anticipated Peer Evaluation in Adolescence
Guyer, Amanda E.; McClure-Tone, Erin B.; Shiffrin, Nina D.; Pine, Daniel S.; Nelson, Eric E.
Child Development, v80 n4 p1000-1015 Jul-Aug 2009
Neural correlates of social-cognition were assessed in 9- to- 17-year-olds (N = 34) using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Participants appraised how unfamiliar peers they had previously identified as being of high or low interest would evaluate them for an anticipated online chat session. Differential age- and sex-related activation patterns emerged in several regions previously implicated in affective processing. These included the ventral striatum, hippocampus, hypothalamus, and insula. In general, activation patterns shifted with age in older relative to younger females but showed no association with age in males. Relating these neural response patterns to changes in adolescent social-cognition enriches theories of adolescent social development through enhanced neurobiological understanding of social behavior.
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Peer Evaluation, Adolescents, Social Development, Synchronous Communication, Internet, Computer Mediated Communication, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Brain, Peer Relationship, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neurological Organization, Neuropsychology, Expectation, Adolescent Attitudes
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