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First-Ever SMART Think Tank for Adolescents

Center for BrainHealth™ experts banded together with several Dallas public middle schools to bring together kids who are all trying to accomplish the same thing – think SMARTer.
By: The Center for BrainHealth

Habitual cannabis use alters brain oxygen

Dr. Francesca Filbey, the director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Addictive Disorders at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, has recently led a new study analyzing the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active substance in cannabis, on the brains of chronic cannabis users.

Study Connects Chronic Cannabis Use to Oxygen Changes in Brain

New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas reveals that levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that leaves a euphoric feeling, directly correlate to changes in how the brain utilizes oxygen.
By: The Center for BrainHealth

Marijuana’s Popularity Among US Adults Continues to Grow. Here’s Why

Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Addictive Disorders at the Center for BrainHealth, discusses the brain effects of marijuana use in a recent Live Science article.

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New Brain Study Suggests Link Between Autism, Pain Sensitivity

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Study Finds Way to Predict Treatment Effectiveness for Adults with Autism

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and the George Washington University identified certain brain regions that significantly correlate with an increase in social abilities following a virtual environment based training program. Adults on the autism spectrum who showed greater activity in the social brain network prior to the training improved more in emotion recognition than those who showed less activity.

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Brain study connects cannabis, oxygen changes

Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Addictive Disorders at the Center for BrainHealth, led the team that found chronic cannabis users have higher cerebral blood flow and extract more oxygen from brain blood flow than nonusers. The rate at which oxygen is metabolized in the brain was found to be higher in users as well.

Marijuana’s Popularity Among US Adults Continues to Grow. Here’s Why

Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Addictive Disorders at the Center for BrainHealth, discusses the brain effects of marijuana use in a recent Live Science article.

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