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Oct
12

Leah Somerville: Using Value to Guide Goal Directed Behavior: Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms & Behavioral Consequences

October 12, 2018

Friday, October 12 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
111 Levin

Department of Psychology, Harvard University

Dr. Somerville’s research aims to reveal how neurodevelopmentally-mediated shifts in circuit-level brain function contribute to changes in motivated, emotional, and social behavior during adolescence. This talk will feature new work that reveals how the adolescent brain is uniquely “tuned” to particular suites of motivated cues, which impacts adolescents’ inhibitory control and decision making. 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.
A pizza lunch will be served at 11:45am. The seminar will begin at 12:00pm.

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