Journal article

Mapping subcortical brain maturation during adolescence: evidence of hemisphere- and sex-specific longitudinal changes

Meg Dennison, Sarah Whittle, Murat Yuecel, Nandita Vijayakumar, Alexandria Kline, Julian Simmons, Nicholas B Allen

DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

Early to mid-adolescence is an important developmental period for subcortical brain maturation, but longitudinal studies of these neurodevelopmental changes are lacking. The present study acquired repeated magnetic resonance images from 60 adolescent subjects (28 female) at ages 12.5 and 16.5 years to map changes in subcortical structure volumes. Automated segmentation techniques optimized for longitudinal measurement were used to delineate volumes of the caudate, putamen, nucleus accumbens, pallidum, hippocampus, thalamus and the whole brain. Amygdala volumes were described using manual tracing methods. The results revealed heterogeneous maturation across the regions of interest (ROIs), and..

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