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Understanding Learning and Memory

Roger Sorensen, Ph.D., M.P.A., NIDA Program Official
March 28, 2013

What’s your new geometry teacher’s name? How do you get to your friend’s house? Where did you put your smartphone? Have you noticed that practice makes you play the piano better? Read More »

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I Feel Your Pain: Teens and Empathy

Sara Bellum
February 21, 2013

Can you put yourself in someone else’s shoes? Developing empathy—being able to read someone else’s feelings and relate them to your own—depends to some extent on brain development. Read More »

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Can Smoking Marijuana Actually Lower Your IQ?

By Carol Krause, Chief of NIDA’s Public Information and Liaison Branch
October 09, 2012

Many teenagers assume smoking weed is harmless because of all the myths floating around saying it’s safe. What few people know is that the age you start using marijuana actually makes a difference. Read More »

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The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

Eric Wargo, Office of Science Policy and Communications at NIDA
September 11, 2012

I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan. When I was a teenager, my hero was Mister Spock—cool, analytical, even-tempered, and smarter than everyone around him. Being raised in his ancient society of the planet Vulcan made him a force to be reckoned with. Read More »

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Mindset Over Matter

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
August 15, 2012

Hi, my name is Eric Wargo and I’m a new science writer here at NIDA. Before coming to NIDA, I wrote for an association of psychological scientists, people who study all aspects of the mind and human behavior. Read More »

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