Teens

Brain Development Blog Posts

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

June 04, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

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

March 28, 2013  /  Roger Sorensen, Ph.D., M.P.A., NIDA Program Official

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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I Feel Your Pain: Teens and Empathy

February 21, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

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 »

marijuana lowers IQ

Can Smoking Marijuana Actually Lower Your IQ?

October 09, 2012  /  By Carol Krause, Chief of NIDA’s Public Information and Liaison Branch

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 »

A girl meditating.

The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

September 11, 2012  /  Eric Wargo, Office of Science Policy and Communications at NIDA

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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