[Statement] In Response to the Biggest Study Ever Conducted on the Cognitive Health of Teen Brains, Dr. Daniel Amen says ‘We Already Know the Answer’

Feb. 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Ten-time New York Times bestselling author, known for having performed over 135,000 brain-imaging scans, and described by the Washington Post as “the most popular psychiatrist in America,” Dr. Daniel Amen issues the following statement in reaction to the breaking news story shared on Today Show earlier this morning, about the biggest study ever done of teenagers’ brains:

This teen brain study just launched by the Federal Government, is an extremely important study, but quite frankly we already know the answer to it: a lousy diet and excessive time spent on gadgets will shrink a teenager’s brain, and drugs and alcohol have been proven to do the same. Even certain extracurricular activities can cause harm to brain development such as football, soccer, etc. But all of this information isn’t new to us. We should target our attention and resources to studying the cognitive effects of social media and other digital exposure. However, the fact that INH is so committed to better understanding the developmental process of teen brains is hugely encouraging and is very big news indeed.”



Dr. Daniel Amen MD, is a double board-certified psychiatrist, professor, and ten-time New York Times bestselling author and founder of Amen Clinics. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on using brain-imaging tools to help optimize and treat his patients. His research was listed as one of the Top 100 Stories in Science for 2015 by Discover magazine, and he has written and hosted twelve highly popular shows about the brain for public television. His work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Men’s Health and on The Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Phil. His latest read “Memory Rescue” (on stands now) expands on a proven program to help you change your brain and improve your memory.

Website | http://danielamenmd.com/