Books and Articles

Overview of the adolescent brain

Review on alcohol and adult neurogenesis

Overview on adult neurogenesis

What are stem cells?

Review on alcohol toxicity and oxygen radicals

Overview of apoptosis

Adolescent brains and alcohol

Brain imaging overview

Apostolova et al. “Conversion of Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer Disease Predicted by Hippocampal Atrophy Maps.” Archives of Neurology, 63:693-699, 2006

De Bellis et al., Hippocampal volume in adolescent-onset alcohol use disorders, American Journal of Psychiatry, 157:737-744, 2000

Videos and animations

3-D Brain Maturation Video – A time-lapse 3-D movie that compresses 15 years of human brain maturation, ages 5 to 20, into seconds. It shows gray matter — the working tissue of the brain’s cortex — diminishing in a back-to-front wave, likely reflecting the pruning of unused neuronal connections during the teen years.

CBS News report, “Teen Brains and Booze”

PBS Frontline report on the Teenage Brain—See Chapter 2 for the brain, and an MRI.

Classroom Curricula and Activities

Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior
(appropriate for grades 7-12)

My Brain, My Body is a series of interactive lessons on alcohol and its effects on the brain, the heart, the liver, and society as a whole. This educational tool is developed in accordance with the three-tiered science inquiry model.