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Dr Renate Reniers

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The neuroscience of risky decision-making and mental health


The adolescent years are a time of development during which 75% of all mental disorders have their onset and risk-taking behaviour peaks. A possible association may be present in young people with mental health problems who display increased risk-taking behaviour. For example, we have shown that young people with depressive, anxious symptoms are more likely to take risks online. By employing neuroimaging techniques and by comparing the mechanisms underlying risky decisions in young people with and without symptoms of mental illness, this PhD aims to increase our understanding of the neuroscience of risky decision-making and its association with mental health.


Children, Young People, and Perinatal Mental Health


University of Birmingham