The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study: Teen Brains. Today’s Science. Brighter Future

4:00 PM
5:15 PM


The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, the largest longitudinal study of brain development and child health in the U.S., was designed to better understand how childhood experiences shape brain, cognitive, and social-emotional trajectories. Data related to physical and mental health, culture and environment, substance use, neurocognitive function, and brain structure and function are being collected from nearly 12,000 youth starting at ages 9-10 for at least a decade. ABCD data is being shared with scientists worldwide to conduct analyses, pool resources, and enrich the value of the study, with the ultimate goal of providing actionable information to help educators, health professionals and policymakers improve the lives of all children, today and for generations to come.

Learning Objectives

1) Understand the scope of the ABCD study, including the many different types of data being collected.

2) Learn about emerging findings from the ABCD study.

3) Understand how such data may be able to inform policy and practices in the future.

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