A Neurocognitive Perspective of Mindfulness in Adolescence
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I aim to provide a preliminary review of the current research base of mindfulness-based approaches with children and adolescents.
Further, developmental changes in certain brain regions (e.g., nucleus accumbens) related to reward motivation are likely to place adolescents at increased risk for using drugs. This is because the changes in the motivational regions of the brain are likely to result in increased sensitivity to the rewarding effects of drugs and decreased sensitivity to drugs’ aversive effects (Spear 2010). Thus, risk-taking tendencies during adolescence tend to outweigh self-control abilities, which are undergoing development owing to the strengthening and refinement taking place in the brain networks responsible for executive control functions.
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