The triadic model perspective for the study of adolescent motivated behavior

Monique Ernst

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The triadic neural systems model is a heuristic tool, which was developed with the goal of providing a framework for neuroscience research into motivated behaviors. Unlike dual models that highlight dynamics between approach systems centered on striatal function and control systems centered on prefrontal cortex, the triadic model also includes an avoidance system, centered on amygdala-related circuits. A first application of this model has been to account for adolescent behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-111
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Cognition
StatePublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Avoidance
  • Cognitive control striatum
  • Motivation
  • Regulation
  • Reward
  • Systems model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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