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Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Q. Can individuals volunteer to be part of the BRAIN Initiative? I’d be interested in having my brain scanned and mapped.
A. Though the programs that will be funded by the BRAIN initiative have not yet been... More >
Nora Volkow, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Addiction
Q. I was curious about the idea of strengthening executive function to achieve better self-control. If someone with an addiction does this, will he/she need to continue this therapy for the rest of their life to prevent a relapse?
A. The brain is an amazingly plastic organ: it can continue changing—for good and bad—... More >
Nora Volkow, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Addiction
Q. I want to quit smoking tobacco and replace my nicotine “fix” with e-cigarettes. I know e-cigarettes aren’t perfect, but are they more dangerous to my health than smoking?
A. It is likely that e-cigarettes might be less dangerous than combustible tobacco.... More >
Nora Volkow, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Addiction
Q. My father was a cocaine addict, and I’m worried that I might become an addict too. Are there tests that I can take to see if I’ve inherited any genes linked to addiction?
A. The short answer is no, at least not yet. However, if you recognize behavioral... More >

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