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Recent Articles

The Art of Discovering New Brain Cells

Researchers identify new types of cells by looking at the brain through sharper lenses, searching vast gene expression databases, and crowd-sourcing visual analyses.


The Abused Brain

What happens to the brain of a child who is abused, neglected, or otherwise maltreated?


The Sleep-Deprived Brain

NIH researchers find that a single night’s missed sleep increases levels of amyloid-beta in the brain, adding to the evidence that maintaining healthy sleep habits is good medicine.


Remembering What We Learn

By: Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger, III, Ph.D., and Kathleen B. McDermott, Ph.D.

(Listen to Q&A with Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger, III, Ph.D.

Our authors provide examples of retrieval practice and individual differences in long-term retention and explore quick and slow learners.


Wrestling With Our Digital World

Researchers explored benefits, dangers, and potential of our modern “device culture” at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.


When is the Brain “Mature”?

Though most people in the US consider 18 to be the age maturity is reached, developmental neuroscientists say there isn’t a one size fits all age, nor a one size fits all method to measure it. In our new briefing paper, we explore how new scientific findings regarding the brain, adolescence, and neurodevelopment are informing law and policy across the country.


Kids and Football

A prominent researcher doesn't think kids should play tackle football. Is there a right answer in this debate?


The Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Exposure

Researchers find clues to why teens binge and which brain areas may be most susceptible to danger during this sensitive period.


What Were You Thinking?! – Understanding the Neurobiology of the Teen Brain

Wrong-headed teen behavior isn’t due necessarily a lack of knowing right from wrong, but rather an inability to hold back the wrong answer or behavior. One of our series of Reports on Progress.