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Adriana Galvan, Ph.D.

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2263B FH


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1285 Franz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Department / Division Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience IDP
Member, Brain Research Institute

Research Interest:

Adolescent brain development

Dr. Galvan's research focuses on adolescent brain development. Specifically, her work examines how changes in brain maturation during adolescence relate to adolescent behavior and decision-making. Research questions in her laboratory are addressed using a multidisciplinary approach, including behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI) methods. Recent work has examined developmental trajectories in neurobiological substrates underlying affect and cognitive control as they relate to risk-taking behavior. Currently, research projects address the role of social influence and peer pressure on decision-making and neural activity in typically developing children and adolescents.??Another line of research examines functional brain development in adolescent risk-takers (e.g. adolescent smokers, methamphetamine-addicted adolescents) and in children with neuropsychiatric disorders.


Galván A, Poldrack RA, Baker, CM, McGlennen KM, London ED. Neural Correlates of Response Inhibition and Cigarette Smoking in Late Adolescence. Neuropsychopharmacology ; in press: .
Casey BJ, Hare, TA, Galván A. Risky and impulsive components of adolescent decision-making. ; Attention and Performance: Processes of Change in Brain and CognitiveDevelopment. (M Delgado, E. Phelps & T Robbins (Eds) (in press): .
Galván A Adolescent development of the reward system. Frontiers in Neuroscience 2010; 4: 1-9.
Galván, A Neural plasticity of development and learning. Human Brain Mapping 2010; 31(6): 879-890.
Juvonen J, Galván A. Bullying as a means to foster compliance . 2009; In: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective. (M. Harris (Ed)): 299-318.
Casey BJ, Getz S, Galvan A The adolescent brain. Developmental Review 2008; 28(1): 62-77.
Galván A, Hare TA, Voss H, Glover G, Casey BJ. Risk-taking and the adolescent brain: Who is at risk?. Developmental Science 2007; 10(2): F8-F14.
Spicer J*, Galván A*, Hare TA, Voss H, Glover G, Casey BJ. Sensitivity of the nucleus accumbens to violations in expectation of reward. Neuroimage 2007; 34: 455-461.
Galván A, Hare TA, Parra CE, Penn J, Voss H, Glover G, Casey BJ. Earlier development of the accumbens relative to orbitofrontal cortex might underlie risk-taking behavior in adolescents. Journal of Neuroscience 2006; 26(25): 6885-6892.