As we age, our brain has a harder time dealing with distractions. Brains get stronger by eliminating distractions rather than pushing to overcome them.
A graduate of King's College in London, Dr. Francesca Filbey researches the causes and consequences of addiction at the Center for BrainHealth. Before joining the Center for BrainHealth in 2010, Dr. Filbey was studying neuroimaging and the genetics of addictive disorders at the Mind Research Network at the University of New Mexico.
Specifically, Dr. Filbey is investigating the how environmental factors (e.g., adolescent onset of use, early life stress) mediate the neural mechanisms that are associated with addictive disorders and how genetic risk moderates these effects. Currently, she is studying the determination of these effects using neuroimaging tools (sMRI, DTI, fMRI during resting state, cue-exposure tasks, reward and punishment tasks, response inhibition tasks and stress tasks) and a candidate gene approach in marijuana and tobacco users in addition to obese binge eaters.
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