Brain Function Blog Posts

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FACT: Driving After Using Marijuana Is Dangerous

July 11, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

According to a recent driving study, as many as 1 in 5 teen drivers say they drove under the influence of marijuana. Read More »

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It's All About Hormones

January 19, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Why do adults seem to blame “raging hormones” for many things teens do? Beyond causing acne and a sudden interest in dating, are hormones responsible for changes in behavior or emotional response? Read More »

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Word of the Day: Polyneuropathy

September 21, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

According to NIDA’s glossary, polyneuropathy is a “permanent change or malfunction of nerves.” “Poly” means “many,” so multiple nerves throughout the body such as in the arms, legs, hands, and feet are affected. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Brain Reward System

April 01, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

A reward is a great way to encourage someone to do something. For example, if you offer a $300 reward to find your lost dog, people may be more likely to look for and return him or her. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Limbic System

March 15, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

NIDA’s Glossary defines the limbic system as “a set of brain structures that generates our feelings, emotions, and motivations. It is also important in learning and memory.” Read More »