Thesis / Dissertation

The role of positive affect and depressive illness in the structural development of the neural reward system during adolescence

Meg Jayne Dennison, Nicholas B Allen (ed.)

Published : 2012


Disturbances in positive affect are a primary feature of depressive disorders. The relationship between positive affect and depression has long been described in the personality and temperament literature, and, consistent with the definition of temperament, a biological basis for this relationship has been proposed. Over the past two decades a growing body of evidence suggests an association between neurological systems hypothesised to support the experience of positive affect, particularly the dopaminergic reward system, and depression. Interestingly, neurodevelopmental research has shown that the development of the dopaminergic system undergoes significant remodelling during adolescence, a..

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