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Jan 17

Hoosier Brain Project

brainThe Hoosier Brain Project is an effort designed to examine brain-behavior relationships in college aged individuals with a focus on health issues that impact this age group – psychological disorders such as depression and substance abuse. The age in which many psychological disorders appear is late adolescence and emerging adulthood (Kessler et al., 2005).  This happens to be the time period that overlaps with college attendance. This period can, for some, be one filled with great psychological stress due to becoming more independent and away from the support of family as well as changes in the types of peer relationships.  The increased vulnerability of this age group to psychological disorders coincides with a time of considerable neural development, particularly the prefrontal cortex (Sowell et al., 1999), a region responsible for executive functions like decision making.