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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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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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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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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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Optogenetics: An Enlightening Experience in High School Research

John Solder, 2012 NIDA Addiction Science Fair Award Winner
January 15, 2013

I remember my sophomore year in high school, feeling a life-changing moment of excitement when I read Dr. Read More »

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