Impulsivity and Adolescence

J. Weiser, B. Reynolds

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2 Scopus citations


This article explores impulsivity in adolescent populations. It defines impulsive behavior and discusses the multidimensional nature of this construct, along with some of the measures that have been developed to assess these different dimensions. It also explores certain physiological aspects of impulsivity in the context of the developing adolescent brain and how certain developments during this life period may influence impulsive behavior. It considers the period of adolescence as a unique time with its own opportunities and vulnerabilities which can be affected by impulsive behavior. Finally, it discusses how to reduce or utilize impulsive behaviors in clinical populations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Adolescence
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
30 4 2001 669 689 Jason Weiser currently works at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital implementing and coordinating adolescent smoking cessation programs, as well as other research studies dealing with adolescent cigarette smoking and impulsivity. A part of his recent work has involved extending teen smoking treatment programs to adolescent smokers in rural Appalachian regions. He received his Bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in 2009. Brady Reynolds, PhD received his doctoral degree in Life-Span Developmental Psychology in 2002 from West Virginia University. He completed postdoctoral training in addictions at the University of Chicago and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following postdoctoral training, he began as assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University, where he currently works. Dr Reynolds teaches adolescent psychology classes and conducts research on cigarette smoking during adolescence, with an emphasis on the role of impulsive behavior as a risk factor for smoking. Dr Reynolds has published research articles and is the lead researcher on multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health, related to impulsive behavior and cigarette smoking during adolescence.


  • Adolescence
  • Behavior
  • Frontal cortex
  • Impulsivity
  • Reward
  • Risk taking
  • Sensation seeking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry
  • General Medicine


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