Yale University announces its participation in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD) funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study will follow 10,000 adolescents for 10 years. Researchers will study impact of influences such as video games, social media, alcohol or drug use and sleep habits on the intellectual, social, emotional, biological and physical development of adolescents.  As Psychology Professor BJ Casey of Yale stated,  “This study has the potential to be a national treasure that will provide important data to inform policies to promote health, well-being and achievement in our children across the nation.”

I am excited about this much-needed longitudinal study, as it is exactly what is needed to enhance “developmental empathy” in our our work with teenagers. Click on the link below to see more, and feel free to comment.

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