Invited contribution to special edition entitled “Dynamic imaging of the developing nervous system” for the Journal of Developmental Neurobiology (Ed. Joel Glover).
Version of Record online: 28 MAR 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Issue: Dynamic Imaging of the Developing Nervous System
Volume 68, Issue 6, pages 729–743, May 2008
How to Cite
Ernst, M. and Mueller, S. C. (2008), The adolescent brain: Insights from functional neuroimaging research. Devel Neurobio, 68: 729–743. doi: 10.1002/dneu.20615
This article is a US Government work and, as such, is in the public domain in the United States of America.
- Issue online: 10 APR 2008
- Version of Record online: 28 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 OCT 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 26 SEP 2007
- Manuscript Received: 5 AUG 2007
- functional neuroimaging;
- brain maturation
With the development of functional neuroimaging tools, the past two decades have witnessed an explosion of work examining functional brain maps, mostly in the adult brain. Against this backdrop of work in adults, developmental research begins to gather a substantial body of knowledge about brain maturation. The purpose of this review is to present some of these findings from the perspective of functional neuroimaging. First, a brief survey of available neuroimaging techniques (i.e., fMRI, MRS, MEG, PET, SPECT, and infrared techniques) is provided. Next, the key cognitive, emotional, and social changes taking place during adolescence are outlined. The third section gives examples of how these behavioral changes can be understood from a neuroscience perspective. The conclusion places this functional neuroimaging research in relation to clinical and molecular work, and shows how answers will ultimately come from the combined efforts of these disciplines. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Develop Neurobiol, 2008