SAGE Journal Articles

Galván, A. (2013). The teenage brain: Sensitivity to rewards. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(2), 88-93.

This article discusses reward sensitivity in adolescence from an evolutionary and biological perspective. The authors also discuss individual differences in reward sensitivity.


  1. Why are adolescents prone to heightened reward sensitivity?
  2. How has reward sensitivity evolved in mammals?
  3. What is the role of hormone regulation in the development of reward sensitivity?
  4. How do individual differences in reward sensitivity affect appetitive conditioning?