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So... Why Do People Like Drugs?

Dr. Joe Frascella, Director of NIDA's Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
January 19, 2010

Is there something magical about drugs and alcohol with us humans? So what's our fascination and why do some of us like them so much?! Actually, before we try and answer that one, let me just say: we are not alone. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Cerebellum

Sara Bellum
October 29, 2009

Our word for today is: Cerebellum Read More »

Basketball going through basketball hoop.

Word of the Day: Dopamine

Sara Bellum
September 29, 2009

Imagine this: You're playing basketball; it's the last quarter. In fact, you only have 30 seconds to make the winning shot. You shoot, it soars through the air, you hear the buzzer go off...and then you see the swoosh. You just won the game for your team. How do you feel? Read More »


How Does Cocaine Work? It's Partly In Your Genes

Sara Bellum
September 21, 2009

You probably know that your genes help make you who you are. Except for identical twins, everyone has a slightly different set of genes, and when our genes interact with our environment, that’s what makes us unique individuals. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Cerebral Cortex

Sara Bellum
September 01, 2009

What do walnuts and our Word of the Day have in common? Well, it’s a stretch, but fun to think about. If you crack open a walnut carefully, you can see it has two “sides”—just like the human brain. And that’s where our “word of the day” comes in. Read More »