Lucía Magis-Weinberg is a neuroscientist at University College London investigating how behaviour and the brain develop during adolescence. She is currently focusing on how different contexts (such as the presence of peers or rewards) can influence adolescent’s ability to regulate their thoughts and emotions.
Her research tools include behavioural experiments (such as computerised games) and MRI scans to measure brain function and structure.
Presentation: Inside the teenage brain
While young people are close to their peak physical strength, health and mental abilities, their overall morbidity and mortality rates increase dramatically from childhood to late adolescence.
The main causes of death and disability include crashes, suicide, substance abuse, and other risky behaviors which are related to difficulties controlling behaviour and emotion. The reasons behind this are complex and multifaceted, but this presentation aims to give a brief overview of one part of the puzzle: how protracted maturation of the brain during adolescence can play a role in making suboptimal decisions during exciting and emotionally charged contexts.