Wonder whether your child will become a drug user?
According to a new study, teenagers who are easily distracted and impulsive are most likely to become drug addicts. One main reason that plays a role is how the teenager’s brain handles memory according to researchers.
The study which was conducted by The University of Oregon continues to say that executive attention, a component of working memory that involves a person’s ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions while processing relevant goal-oriented information, is key.
The researchers observed and surveyed 382 young adults. The results of the study are a rare view of how young people today find entry into drug use, alcohol and tobacco.
The study was led by Atika Khurana who is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services.