Neuroscience in Society

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Neuroscience has a profound ability to alter society, but who makes sure it changes society for the better?
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Worldwide, more than 175 million people have a substance use disorder.
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Around the world, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression.
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For over a century twins have been helping researchers understand how our genes and environment influence our susceptibility to disease.
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Neuroscientist Jamie Hanson encourages scientists to look at people and situations that fall outside so-called societal norms.
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Jet lag, irregular sleep schedules, and exposure to artificial light throw our internal clocks out of whack. When that happens, our health suffers.
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Neglecting to take care of yourself and your surroundings can negatively affect your brain, which can make it harder to steady your mental health.
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Meet the neuroscientists behind BrainFacts.org.
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Learn about the impacts that child poverty has on the developing brain with data from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and public health epidemiology.
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How can educators help ease the effects of common negative experiences facing students from poor socioeconomic backgrounds?
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How does growing up less fortunate impact the brain and how can educators help their students overcome this obstacle?
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The prolonged stress a child experiences by being separated from their parents has lasting implications for their mental health and the generations after them.
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While differences in brain size based on socioeconomic status could be considered stigmatizing, the brain is quite adaptable and plastic.
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