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The Development of Social Cognition in Adolescence: An Integrated Perspective
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    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Kilford EJ, Garrett E, Blakemore S-J
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  • Journal:
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
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  • Keywords:
    Social Cognition, Mentalising, Humans, Adolescence, Social Brain, Development
Social cognitive processes are critical in navigating complex social interactions and are associated with a network of brain areas termed the ‘social brain’. Here, we describe the development of social cognition, and the structural and functional changes in the social brain during adolescence, a period of life characterised by extensive changes in social behaviour and environments. Neuroimaging and behavioural studies have demonstrated that the social brain and social cognition undergo significant development in human adolescence. Development of social cognition and the social brain are discussed in the context of developments in other neural systems, such as those implicated in motivational-affective and cognitive control processes. Successful transition to adulthood requires the rapid refinement and integration of these processes and many adolescent-typical behaviours, such as peer influence and sensitivity to social exclusion, involve dynamic interactions between these systems. Considering these interactions, and how they vary between individuals and across development, could increase our understanding of adolescent brain and behavioural development.
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