Dr Lucy Foulkes

lucy-ydfDr Lucy Foulkes is a research associate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London.

Presentation: Adolescence as a sensitive period of social brain development

Adolescence is a time characterised by change – hormonally, physically, psychologically and socially. Social cognitive processes involved in navigating an increasingly complex social world continue to develop throughout human adolescence.

Areas of the social brain, that is the network of brain regions involved in understanding others, undergoes substantial reorganisation in terms of structure and function during adolescence, which possibly reflects a sensitive period for adapting to the social environment.

Lucy will discuss the importance of taking into account the social environment and the social brain when considering adolescent-typical behaviour.

References for the studies referred to in Dr Foulkes’ presentation

Adolescents taking more risks when with peers (driving simulator study):
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/opinion/sunday/the-dangers-of-friends.html?_r=0
Full scientific report:
http://facultynh.syr.edu/bjsheeha/Research%20Projects/music%20download%20research/music%20download%20project/articles%20for%20music%20download/GardnerSteinberg.pdf

Driving simulator study with brain scanning:
http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/teens-brains-are-more-sensitive-to-rewarding-feedback-from-peers.html
Full scientific report:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3075496/

Effect of social exclusion (Cyberball study):
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-25/edition-11/dont-leave-me-out
Full scientific report:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278262609001055

Adolescent mice drinking alcohol:
http://www.basisonline.org/2014/10/the-dram-vol-1011-of-mice-and-teens-peer-influenced-drinking-behavior-among-adolescent-mice.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131205142137.htm
Full scientific report:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3869041/