Developmental research indicates that certain aspects of brain functioning during adolescence, such as reward processing and impulse control, contribute to risky behaviors, including substance use. Substance use can have neurotoxic effects on the brain and continued use can alter neural function. Thus, identifying risk and protective factors related to substance misuse during adolescence and into young adulthood is an important public health priority.

Dr. Meghan Martz will discuss findings from her research using both psychosocial and brain measures to address this issue. Findings from a national dataset (Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study) and a longitudinal study of families with a history of alcohol use disorder (Michigan Longitudinal Study) will be presented. This talk will also include novel findings from Dr. Martz’s study using neurofeedback to train study participants to self-regulate reward-related brain activity.

This event is in partnership with the University of Michigan Eisenberg Family Depression Center.

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Bright Nights Community Forum | Substance Use and Its Effect on the Brain

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