Anne-Lise Goddings, Stephanie Burnett Heyes, Geoffrey Bird, Russell M. Viner and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore The relationship between puberty and social emotion processing Developmental Science 15
The social brain undergoes developmental change during adolescence, and pubertal hormones are hypothesized to contribute to this development. We used fMRI to explore how pubertal indicators (salivary concentrations of testosterone, oestradiol and DHEA; pubertal stage; menarcheal status) relate to brain activity during a social emotion task. Forty-two females aged 11.1 to 13.7 years underwent fMRI scanning while reading scenarios pertaining either to social emotions, which require the representation of another person’s mental states, or to basic emotions, which do not.
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