Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

This 2-year study involved collecting behavioral and ERP data with 150 children and adolescents during a decision-making task.

Project Overview

The inability to make advantageous decisions under conditions of risk is associated with health-risk behaviors such as early-onset alcohol and drug use. For the ACT Study, an existing decision-making task, the Cups Task, was modified for use with event-related potential (ERP) techniques. Behavioral and ERP performance on this modified task were assessed in 50 10- and 11-year-olds, 50 13- and 14-year-olds, and 50 16- and 17-year-olds. This study provided an opportunity to examine the development of decision-making processes from late childhood to late adolescence, and potentially to facilitate the early identification of children and adolescents at risk for later health-risk behaviors and to improve the ability to develop effective preventive intervention services for these at-risk youth.

Year Project Began: 2013
Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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