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Teen Brain, a Work in Progress

September 14, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever wondered why you have to be 16 to get your driver’s license or 18 to vote or 21 to legally drink alcohol? It’s partly because your brain is not ready to take on these responsibilities, since your brain is not fully developed when you’re a teen. Read More »

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Alcohol on the Brain

Real Teens Ask: Got Alcohol on the Brain?

May 24, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

As many of you know, the brain is still well under way in the development process through the teen years into your 20’s. Your decisions today can affect the way your brain develops. Ever wondered how? “Warda” from Wantagh Middle School in New York asks: Read More »

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Science For Starters: A Conversation with Dr. Ruben Baler, Ph.D.

March 25, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Ruben Baler, Ph.D., is not your typical neuroscientist. Baler has studied in his native country Argentina, the U.S., and Israel. He is fluent in three languages. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Neuroscience

April 15, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

Your school probably has science classes like biology and chemistry and maybe even ecology, but does it offer a class specifically on neuroscience? Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: How Old Are Kids Who Start Using Drugs?

November 05, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last Drug Facts Chat Day, soccerstar0 asked: Read More »

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