An introduction to my summer research project, “Adolescence as a Unique Period of Vulnerability to Environmental Stressors: Nicotine Exposure Effects on Adolescent Versus Adult Anxiety Utilizing The Light Enhanced Startle Paradigm”

Adolescence has been identified as a unique period of human development characterized by
heightened exposure to a variety of environmental and social stressors. This developmental
period is therefore also a particularly vulnerable period to the physiological effects of stress. One
stressor known to have detrimental physiological effects, and that is common in adolescents, is the
introduction of tobacco products and tobacco use.

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