David Baranger


University of Pittsburgh

I’m investigating the effects of poverty and life stress on the development of reward circuitry. More broadly, I’m interested in how brain development is shaped by environmental and genetic factors, in particular with regard to mechanisms underlying risk for mood and substance use disorders.

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Don't worry, moderate drinking probably isn't shrinking your brain

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Both brain size and drinking habits are linked to genes, not directly to each other

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Fact check: Those red blobs aren’t oxytocin

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An amazing image has been making the rounds on social media, but the researcher who created it has set the record straight on what it shows

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Can AI help diagnose depression? It's a long shot

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At the moment, machine intelligence is just as subjective as human intelligence

Alejandra Canales

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Those few cigarette puffs during adolescence might have altered your brain

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Researchers have found that even occasional cigarette use is enough to affect the volume and connectivity of developing brains

Constanza Paulina Silva Gallardo

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Being a Pokémon Master in childhood permanently alters your brain

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Hours spent catching 'em all primes the brain to recognize familiar, pixelated Pikachus

Hannah Thomasy

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Should parents fear potatoes as much as screens?

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A new study says neither have serious positive or negative impacts on childhood well-being

Jack Barton

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