Neural Predictors of Risky Driving and Susceptibility to Peer Influences in Adolescence

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National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Date Range: 
01 Aug 2013 to 31 Jul 2015
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Teen drivers are at elevated risk for crash, especially in the presence of teen passengers, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal injury and a leading cause of non-fatal injuries in this group. The proposed research will increase our understanding of the basic neurocognitive mechanisms that lead to variability in risk taking, susceptibility to peer influence and ability to resist such influence in adolescents. Understanding these mechanisms may eventually allow us to develop more effective public health interventions, programs, and policies, and to more efficiently reduce health risks across multiple domains.