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Dr. Nora Volkow with the Dalai Lama and other participants in the Mind and Life Conference on Craving, Desire and Addiction in Dharamsala, India.

East Meets West: Dr. Nora Volkow and the Dalai Lama Discuss Addiction

Sara Bellum
December 31, 2013

In autumn 2013, Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the Director of NIDA, went to India to talk about drug addiction with the Dalai Lama, the worldwide leader of Tibetan Buddhism and a renowned advocate for peace and human rights. Read More »

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Brain made out of computer parts

Your Brain: Better Than Any Computer

Dr. David Thomas, Program Officer in NIDA’s Behavioral and Cognitive Science Research Branch
March 12, 2013

Is your brain an organic computer? Your brain does a lot of things a computer does, like math, logic, analyzing input, creating output, and storing and retrieving information. Even at the cellular level, there are some striking similarities between brains and computers. Read More »

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parts of the brain impacted by drugs

Be Aware for Your Brain: Drugs Change Critical Parts

Sara Bellum
February 28, 2013

There’s no better time than the upcoming Brain Awareness Week, from March 11‒17, to learn more about the most fascinating organ in your body. Read More »

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A maze in the brain.

Help Wanted: Brain Scientist

Sara Bellum
October 16, 2012

The brain controls just about everything we do, think, and feel. It coordinates all of the body’s physical functions—like standing, walking, and breathing—as well as our memory, emotions, and behaviors. Read More »

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marijuana lowers IQ

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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