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New study: Altruistic adolescents less likely to become depressed

from University of Illinois

A recent study found that 15- and 16-year-olds who find pleasure in pro-social activities, such as giving their money to family members, are less likely to become depressed than those who get a bigger thrill from taking risks or keeping the money for themselves. The researchers detail their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study focused on the ventral striatum, a brain region that regulates feelings of pleasure in response to rewards. more

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