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Why we need to study the effects of marijuana on motor learning

Most marijuana studies demonstrate that consuming cannabis induces cognitive and motor performance deficits. Science, though, has yet to study cannabis’ effect on motor learning, which is necessary for simple and complex movements – such as reflexes and speaking – as well as properly calibrated physical movement. Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, argue that addressing this research gap could lead to breakthroughs in addiction therapies.
By: The Center for BrainHealth

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Marijuana Use May Impair Your Coordination

Center for BrainHealth researchers reviewed various research studies and found that people who used marijuana had differences in brain areas called the corticostriatal networks compared with people who did not use the drug.

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Center for BrainHealth Honors Dan Branch with Legacy Award

On Nov. 14, the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas presented Dan Branch with its highest honor, the Legacy Award, given to individuals whose vision and dedication enables the center and its Brain Performance Institute to empower people of all ages to unlock their brain potential.
By: The Center for BrainHealth

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Cognitive Training Improves Brain Blood Flow, Cognition in those with Bipolar Disorder

A new study from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas shows that strategy-based reasoning training may improve brain health in those with bipolar disorder.
By: The Center for BrainHealth

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Texas Leads in Making Youth Sports Safer from Concussions

Since 2010, we have gotten much better at recognizing, detecting, treating, and working to restore the brain after injury. National and local organizations representing youth, collegiate and professional sports have teamed up with health care professionals, patient advocates, and others to develop innovative and collaborative ways to optimize brain health, to build brain reserve prior to injury, and to address mitigating short and long-term effects of concussions.

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Friends of BrainHealth Helps New Scientists with Funding Awards

The Friends of BrainHealth, a circle of donors supporting the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas, awarded four $25,000 Distinguished New Scientists Awards at the annual Friends of BrainHealth Scientist Selection Luncheon recently at the Dallas Country Club. The four scientists will use the funding to lead independently designed research studies.
By: The Center for BrainHealth

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Lengthened Lifespan Demands Focus on Extending Brain Health

Allowing brain decline is the unfortunate result of a widespread problem. Despite being the most vital organ in the entire body, the brain is often taken for granted and neglected. We can halt and even reverse this unacceptable downward spiral in brain performance, with the right interventions.

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Center for BrainHealth Names Executive Director for Brain Performance Institute

Leanne Young has joined the Center for BrainHealth® at The University of Texas at Dallas as executive director of its Brain Performance Institute™. A nationally recognized expert in blast injury research, she has experience in a variety of projects related to characterizing and preventing traumatic brain injuries in a blast environment.
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