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UVM Experts' Teen Brain Research Covered in the Wall Street Journal
- By University Communications
The results of the largest imaging study of the adolescent brain ever conducted, led by neuroimaging expert Robert Whelan and associate professor of psychiatry Hugh Garavan, are featured by The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, The Atlantic and the UK's Daily Mail on Sunday, among other major media outlets. The research, first published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, indicates that some teenagers are more impulsive than their peers because their brains are wired differently, making them more inclined to abuse drugs and alcohol. The scientists also found that, while teens with ADHD and those with a history of alcohol, cigarette and illegal drug use had equal trouble performing the task they were asked to perform, the diminished brain activity was associated with different impulse-control networks. Read the story at WSJ.com...