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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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Chasing the Runner's High

Sara Bellum
July 26, 2012

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, is an avid runner—6 miles a day! We all know the benefits of physical activity on the body, but as a neuroscientist, Dr. Volkow is also interested in how exercise helps the brain. Read More »


HBO's "The Weight of the Nation": Obesity on the Brain

Sara Bellum
May 30, 2012

SBB has talked a lot about how drug addiction is a complicated brain disease. But it’s not the only one. Read More »

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Cocaine and the Teen Brain

Sara Bellum
April 27, 2012

The human brain continues to grow during the teen years, well into the twenties. Read More »