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Can virtual reality help teens deal with social anxiety, ADHD, and more?

Kicking off the Today show's new series Brain Power TODAY, special anchor Maria Shriver visits a teen socialization lab at UT Dallas' Center for BrainHealth, where a virtual reality program helps teens develop their social skills despite such challenges as ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.

Is this why smokers find it so hard to quit? Belief in nicotine’s powers can increase addiction

In a Center for BrainHealth study, researchers have discovered that if smokers don’t think they are getting nicotine, the rush of dopamine never arrives.

Belief about nicotine content in cigarette may change brain activity, craving

How the brain responds to nicotine depends on a smoker's belief about the nicotine content in a cigarette, according to new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.

From Navy SEAL to scientist, Morgan Luttrell works to solve the puzzle of battlefield brain injuries

Morgan Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL, is a research assistant at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. Morgan Luttrell is on a doctoral track at UTD, studying to become a cognitive scientist in order to treat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, the most prevalent combat injuries from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Enhancing Social Lives with Virtual Reality

Learn more about Center for BrainHealth research and Brain Performance Institute programs that use virtual reality training to help people enhance their social lives.

Study: Virtual reality training improves social skills of individuals on the autism spectrum

Published findings reveal that participants who completed Center for BrainHealth virtual reality social cognition training demonstrated improved social cognition skills and reported better real-world relationships.

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Virtual Reality Helps ASD Kids Improve Social Skills

A method to help children with autism appears on the near horizon as research from the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas suggests a new virtual reality training program shows promise.

Trying to Quit Smoking? Here’s Why Your Nicotine Patch Isn’t Working

“Addiction is not just about the drug itself,” says Xiaosi Gu, an assistant professor at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. “Your own belief has a very big role in it.

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