Neural Correlates of the Shift in Social Buffering of Social Evaluative Threat


This study is one of three studies on an NIH-funded project addressing the effectiveness of parents in buffering children and adolescents from the physiological and brain responses to stress. This study uses MRI scanning to measure the brain response to social evaluative stress (giving a speech and doing math problems in front of a panel of judges) as well as the impact of the presence of various social partners (no one, researcher, or parent) in buffering the physiological and brain responses to social evaluative stress.

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11 Years to 14 Years old
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:

• sufficient vision to complete assent and study procedures
• sufficient hearing to complete assent and study procedures
• sufficient language skills to provide verbal and written assent
Exclusion Criteria:

• Premature birth (less than 37 weeks)
• congenital and/or chromosomal disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy, FAS, mental retardation, Turner Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fragile X)
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• history of serious medical illness (e.g., cancer, organ transplant)
• youth taking systemic glucocorticoids
• youth taking beta-adrenergic medications
• diagnoses of psychiatric illness, seizure disorder or other neurological disorders
• contraindications for MRI (implanted medical device; presence of non-removal metal in or on the body, including piercings, orthodontic braces or certain permanent retainers)
• known pregnancy
• tattoos
• history of significant claustrophobia

Other: Questionnaires, Other: MRI

Social Stress, Adolescent Behavior

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