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Noggin Loggin': UVM to Participate in Adolescent Brain Development Study 

Published August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

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This is your child's brain on drugs. Or not. Either way, a new 10-year study aims to crack open the secrets of kids' craniums as they age into adolescence, taking into account everything from drug and alcohol use to sports and sleep patterns. The University of Vermont is one of 21 research institutions across the country participating in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD), the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the U.S.

Researchers in the fields of adolescent development and neuroscience, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, will track some 10,000 children, starting when they are 9 or 10. Every other year, participants will complete a full assessment, lasting six to seven hours, involving interviews and questionnaires for both parents and children about moods, screen time and family history; there are also memory games, T-shirt giveaways and snack breaks. Kids also undergo an MRI, during which they can earn points for toys and gift cards by playing more games during the imagining procedure. Parents, meanwhile, are compensated $150 per assessment.

For more information, visit abcdstudy.org. To see if your child is eligible for the study at the University of Vermont, call 847-4562 or email abcd@uvm.edu.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Sarah Tuff Dunn was a frequent contributor to Seven Days and its monthly parenting publication, Kids VT. She is the co-author of 101 Best Outdoor Towns.

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