That's what the research is saying from the largest imaging study of the human brain ever conducted.
Involving over 1,896 14-year-olds, the studies have led researchers to believe that the human brain has previously unknown networks that could provide the answer to a maddening question that has frustrated parents for years!
Why do some teenagers use drugs while other do not?
The answer could possibly be that some adolescents are genetically predisposed to having a higher risk for drug and alcohol experimentation.
To put it simply, because some brains are wired differently those differences urge some teens to use self control and others to be particularly impulsive.
Impulsive teenagers are much more likely to try and/or become addicted to icky drugs that are BAD.
Here's what the scientists who conducted the study said:
“The differences in these networks seem to precede drug use. These networks are not working as well for some kids as for others."
These studies can hopefully provide a way to recognize teenagers who are more at risk to become users or abusers.
Think of how many lives could be saved with this extra knowledge.
See! Science IS fun!
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