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Smoking Pot Before This Critical Age Could Wreck Your Brain

How bad is pot for your brain? The jury's still out on how it affects folks who take their first toke during adulthood. But a study recently published in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience suggests that lighting up prior to age 16 could handicap the growth of a key neural region involved in decision-making and self-control.

Cannabis DOES alter your brain - and the younger you start the ‘greater the risk of serious damage’

Cannabis has long-term effects on a person’s brain – especially if they start using the drug earlier in life, according to a new study.

Marijuana May Change Your Brain if You Smoke as a Teen

Can marijuana change your brain? Not only may that be the case, but the changes could vary by age. Scientists have found the age at which an adolescent begins using the drug may affect typical brain development.

Out of shape in middle age may mean a smaller brain later

Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas in Dallas, recently commented on a Boston University study focused on brain health and aerobic exercise.

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Symposium to provide global perspectives on brain health and the emerging field of computational psychiatry

On April 14, the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and its partners at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at The University California, Berkeley, will host the tenth annual Reprogramming the Brain to Health Symposium focusing on computational psychiatry and neurology.

Starting Age of Marijuana Use May Have Long-Term Effects on Brain Development

The age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Study: Starting age of marijuana use may affect brain development

The use of marijuana may affect brain development, a new study said.

Starting marijuana at younger age may hinder brain development

The age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper recently published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, scientists describe how marijuana use, and the age at which use is initiated, may adversely alter brain structures that underlie higher order thinking.

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