Event Title

Neurological Predisposition to Risk-Taking in Chronic Alcohol Abusing South African Secondary School Students

Presenter Information

Alex Edwards

Location

Science Center, A155

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2012 4:00 PM

End Date

4-27-2012 5:00 PM

Abstract

There is a wealth of research on the effects of chronic alcohol abuse on risk taking behavior in adults, but very little research on its effects on children. In this study, 75 chronic alcohol abusing students and 75 control students were administered a battery of cognitive tests in order to evaluate risk taking behavior. This study has found that chronic alcohol-abusing children are predisposed to risk-taking, compared to control group subjects.

Notes

Session III, Panel 2: Snapshots of the Interior: Case Studies of Cognition, Prediction, and Image Technologies
Moderator: Jan Thornton, Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Major

Neuroscience

Advisor(s)

Jan Thornton, Neuroscience

Project Mentor(s)

Herman Singh, Bonela Secondary School

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Neurological Predisposition to Risk-Taking in Chronic Alcohol Abusing South African Secondary School Students

Science Center, A155

There is a wealth of research on the effects of chronic alcohol abuse on risk taking behavior in adults, but very little research on its effects on children. In this study, 75 chronic alcohol abusing students and 75 control students were administered a battery of cognitive tests in order to evaluate risk taking behavior. This study has found that chronic alcohol-abusing children are predisposed to risk-taking, compared to control group subjects.