Brain Function Blog Posts

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Your Really, Totally, Incredibly Awesome Brain

August 22, 2016  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The human brain is the command center for your entire body. Read More »

A girl meditating.

The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

December 04, 2014  /  Eric Wargo, Ph.D.

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

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 »

Dr. Nora Volkow with the Dalai Lama and other participants in the Mind and Life Conference on Craving, Desire and Addiction in Dharamsala, India.

East Meets West: Dr. Nora Volkow and the Dalai Lama Discuss Addiction

December 31, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

In autumn 2013, Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the Director of NIDA, went to India to talk about drug addiction with the Dalai Lama, the worldwide leader of Tibetan Buddhism and a renowned advocate for peace and human rights. Read More »

Brain made out of computer parts

Your Brain: Better Than Any Computer

March 12, 2013  /  Dr. David Thomas, Program Officer in NIDA’s Behavioral and Cognitive Science Research Branch

Is your brain an organic computer? Your brain does a lot of things a computer does, like math, logic, analyzing input, creating output, and storing and retrieving information. Even at the cellular level, there are some striking similarities between brains and computers. Read More »