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What Do Drugs Do to Teens’ Brains? “ABCD Study” Looks for Answers

The NIDA Blog Team
April 11, 2016

It seems like for every question we answer about brain science, there are a hundred more we haven’t answered yet. Read More »

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The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

Eric Wargo, Ph.D.
December 04, 2014

The brain is a powerful instrument.  Meditation can help it do even more amazing things by sharpening and enhancing its powers. Read More »

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Graphic of a stick figure equally utilizing the left-brain and right-brain.

“Left-Brained” or “Right-Brained”? It’s Not That Simple After All

Sara Bellum
June 04, 2014

Science has just revealed … (wait for it …) You need your whole brain! Sounds obvious enough, but it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “He’s awesome at taking tests, he must be left-brained.” Or, “She’s a really good painter—she must be right-brained.” Read More »

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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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Woman offering support to another woman

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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