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Deficit in Brain Function Puts Teens at Risk of Drug Abuse
Date:3/5/2008

rain activity in the frontal cortex, the region of the brain responsible for ECF, during the antisaccade task. In other words, the regions of the brain responsible for these inhibitory processes engaged less energy in individuals with higher ND scores than those with lower ND scores," McNamee said.

One of the key findings of this study, published in the March issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, is that behaviors and actions are directly related to brain functioning.

"Teachers, caregivers, and other individuals should understand that each adolescent matures at a different rate; they do not always respond like adults, because their brains are not at the same level of functioning as an adult," McNamee said. "Responses and behaviors related to a certain situation are less easy for some adolescents to manage than others."

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The Nemours Foundation has more about teens and alcohol and drugs.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, news release, March 4, 2008


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