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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 »

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Be Aware for Your Brain: Drugs Change Critical Parts

February 28, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

There’s no better time than the upcoming Brain Awareness Week, from March 11‒17, to learn more about the most fascinating organ in your body. Read More »

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I Feel Your Pain: Teens and Empathy

February 21, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

Can you put yourself in someone else’s shoes? Developing empathy—being able to read someone else’s feelings and relate them to your own—depends to some extent on brain development. Read More »

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Optogenetics: An Enlightening Experience in High School Research

January 15, 2013  /  John Solder, 2012 NIDA Addiction Science Fair Award Winner

I remember my sophomore year in high school, feeling a life-changing moment of excitement when I read Dr. Read More »

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A Taste of Research Sparks Lifelong Career Visions

November 06, 2012  /  Yamini Naidu, NIDA Intramural Research Lab Intern

Hello, you last heard from me when I won one of NIDA’s Science of Addiction Awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. Read More »

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