Adolescence does not end until one’s mid-twenties, it is a prolonged period of change both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, it is also a period associated with high levels of anxiety and risk for developing anxiety disorders. Abnormal approach and avoidance behaviours are typical in people suffering high levels of anxiety and anxiety disorders. However, their functional impact and how they manifest themselves during adolescence is less well explored. Consequently, the aim of this project will be to explore these questions using a mixture of behavioural, psychophysiological and EEG methodologies.
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