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Maturation of the adolescent brain

Overview of attention for article published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, April 2013
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  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#2 of 2,649)
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Title
Maturation of the adolescent brain
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Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, April 2013
DOI 10.2147/ndt.s39776
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Sushil Sharma, Arain, Mathur, Rais, Nel, Sandhu, Haque, Johal

Abstract

Adolescence is the developmental epoch during which children become adults - intellectually, physically, hormonally, and socially. Adolescence is a tumultuous time, full of changes and transformations. The pubertal transition to adulthood involves both gonadal and behavioral maturation. Magnetic resonance imaging studies have discovered that myelinogenesis, required for proper insulation and efficient neurocybernetics, continues from childhood and the brain's region-specific neurocircuitry remains structurally and functionally vulnerable to impulsive sex, food, and sleep habits. The maturation of the adolescent brain is also influenced by heredity, environment, and sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone), which play a crucial role in myelination. Furthermore, glutamatergic neurotransmission predominates, whereas gamma-aminobutyric acid neurotransmission remains under construction, and this might be responsible for immature and impulsive behavior and neurobehavioral excitement during adolescent life. The adolescent population is highly vulnerable to driving under the influence of alcohol and social maladjustments due to an immature limbic system and prefrontal cortex. Synaptic plasticity and the release of neurotransmitters may also be influenced by environmental neurotoxins and drugs of abuse including cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol during adolescence. Adolescents may become involved with offensive crimes, irresponsible behavior, unprotected sex, juvenile courts, or even prison. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the major cause of death among the teenage population is due to injury and violence related to sex and substance abuse. Prenatal neglect, cigarette smoking, and alcohol consumption may also significantly impact maturation of the adolescent brain. Pharmacological interventions to regulate adolescent behavior have been attempted with limited success. Since several factors, including age, sex, disease, nutritional status, and substance abuse have a significant impact on the maturation of the adolescent brain, we have highlighted the influence of these clinically significant and socially important aspects in this report.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 <1%
Germany 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Hong Kong 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Other 3 <1%
Unknown 829 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 153 18%
Student > Bachelor 150 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 135 16%
Researcher 92 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 55 7%
Other 141 17%
Unknown 120 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 207 24%
Medicine and Dentistry 112 13%
Neuroscience 86 10%
Social Sciences 63 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 57 7%
Other 144 17%
Unknown 177 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 806. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 March 2021.
All research outputs
#11,303
of 17,121,505 outputs
Outputs from Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
#2
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Outputs of similar age
#66
of 161,463 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
#1
of 57 outputs
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