Brain Science Blog Posts

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Marijuana & Psychosis

June 02, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

You may know that marijuana can pose risks for a person’s physical health. But for some people, it carries risks for their mental health, too. Read More »

A drawing that shows the electrical impulses in the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury, Drug Addiction, and the Developing Teen Brain

March 19, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Traumatic brain injuries pose higher risks for the teen brain because it isn't fully formed yet. This is also a reason why using drugs as a teen increases the chances for addiction. Read More »

Brain scan illuminating an injured part of the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use: A Closer Look

January 15, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

People who suffered a traumatic brain injury before age 5, or between 16 and 25, have an increased risk for a problem with drug or alcohol. Read More »

2014 Intel Addiction Science winners visit NIDA (from left to right): Carol Krause, NIDA Public Information and Liaison Branch Chief; Dr. William Dewey, Chair, Friends of NIDA; Aakash Jain; Lily Wei Lee; Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director; Alexandra Ulmer; Sarayu Caulfield; Dr. Sheri Grabus, NIDA Press Officer.

Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research

October 09, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

NIDA’s 2014 Addiction Science Award winners tackled emerging topics in addiction science and impressed the judges with their desire to help improve lives. 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 »