James Jones-Rounds, HEP Lab Manager is the test subject for undergraduate researcher, Sofia Ribolla, from the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition directed by Nathan Spreng

Risky Decision Making in Adolescents


New Approaches for Reducing Risk Taking

Valerie ReynaTo reduce adolescent risk taking, a different approach is needed: one that recognizes how adolescents reason. Research by Dr. Valerie Reyna sheds light on adolescent decision making and suggests new approaches for helping youth make good choices.                                  


Multimedia Presentations on Risky Decision Making in Adolescents 

Interventions for Risk Reduction and Avoidance in Adolescents 

Select Resources on Risky Decision Making in Adolescents

teensIn this collection of videos, slides, and articles, Dr. Valerie Reyna describes the developmental differences in the way adolescents make decisions and reviews her research regarding why adolescents perceive risks and benefits and yet take more risks. 


New Book: The adolescent Brain: learning, Reasoning, and Decision Making

MRI to help unlock mysteries of teen risky behavior

Story in Scholastic Choices: YouTrouble

Why the teen brain is drawn to risk 

Students spend summer doing research, outreach

CCE summer internships strengthen communities, inspire students

Students head up research and outreach projects across NYS 

Inside Cornell: Finding the roots of risky behavior in teen brain 

Teens take risks to 'play the odds' but can be taught otherwise says Reyna to NYC media

Researchers and Educators Collaborate on Reducing the Risk in Adolescence

Risky Decision Making in Adolescence: presentation on 3/09

Risk and Rationality in Adolescent Decision Making presentation on 5/07

Adolescents and Risk: Helping Young People Make Better Choices: outreach publication

Risk-Taking Teens: interview with Dr. Reyna, 12/06

Teenage Risks, and How to Avoid Them: New York Times, December 18, 2007

Risky Business: The Surprising 'Rationality' of Adolescents: APS Observer, Volume 19, Number 12, 2006

Go Ahead, I Dare You: Newsweek Web-Exclusive Commentary, November 21, 2006

Why Teens Do Stupid Things: ChronicleOnline, December 4, 2006

Risk and Rationality in Adolescent Decision Making Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 2006

Laboratory for Rational Decision Making Website

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