Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. 21 research sites across the country (including VCU) will invite approximately 10,000 children ages 9-10 to join the study. Researchers will track biological and behavioral development into young adulthood, and determine how childhood experiences (such as sports, videogames, social media, unhealthy sleep patterns, and smoking) interact with each other and with a child’s changing biology to affect brain development and social, behavioral, academic, health, and other outcomes.

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