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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 »

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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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Boy playing a game on his phone.

Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?

April 09, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. Read More »

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The serotonin neuron showing serotonin and serotonin receptors.

Word of the Day: Serotonin

March 12, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever noticed all the different emotions you experience in a normal day? For example, you can feel happy in the morning when you find out you passed your bio quiz, grumpy at noon when you haven’t eaten since breakfast, and then sad when the football team loses the big Homecoming game. Read More »

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Man in a virtual world

Virtual Reality and Drug Abuse Treatment

January 22, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Do you or your friends play video games? Many video games create a virtual reality, a world that only exists on a computer, made up of vivid images and engrossing stories. Read More »

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