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How Does Cocaine Work? It's Partly In Your Genes

September 21, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

You probably know that your genes help make you who you are. Except for identical twins, everyone has a slightly different set of genes, and when our genes interact with our environment, that’s what makes us unique individuals. Read More »

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girl crunching a walnut with a bowl of walnuts below her

Word of the Day: Cerebral Cortex

September 01, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

What do walnuts and our Word of the Day have in common? Well, it’s a stretch, but fun to think about. If you crack open a walnut carefully, you can see it has two “sides”—just like the human brain. And that’s where our “word of the day” comes in. Read More »

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The Growth of the Teenage Brain From Age Four to Twenty-One

Who Has More Brain Power--You or Your Parents?

August 17, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

NIDA scientists are always saying that teens shouldn’t use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. But do you know why they say that? Because of scientific studies like this one by Dr. Jay Giedd, which shows that your brain won’t reach its adult potential until you’re over 20 years old. Read More »

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A diagram of the brain anatomy, highlighting the location of the brainstem. The brainstem is located between the brain and the spinal cord.

Word of the Day: Brainstem

August 05, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

Our bodies can do lots of things without us even thinking about it. And that’s what the Word of the Day is about. The brainstem, not surprisingly, is a “stem” that connects the brain to the spinal cord. Read More »

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