Finnegan J Calabro, PhD
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New Research in Functional Coupling between the VTA and the Nucleus Accumbens Extends Prior Models of Neurodevelopment
Why do adolescents engage in risky behavior? Scientists believe that the reason may stem from brain changes that occur during this period, including increased activity in certain regions of the mesolimbic dopamine system. The mesolimbic system connects the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the nucleus accumbens, forming a reward pathway that enhances motivation in adolescents. In adolescent rodents and humans...
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Development of White Matter Microstructure and Intrinsic Functional Connectivity between the Amygdala and Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex: Associations with Anxiety and DepressionJalbrzikowski M, Larsen B, Hallquist MN, Forana W, Calabro F and Luna BBiological Psychiatry, Published Online 2017Connectivity between the amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is compromised in multiple psychiatric disorders...