Researchers embark on landmark brain development study
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Researchers at the University of Rochester, in upstate New York, are recruiting 9-year-olds to play video games.
Researchers will be using MRI machines to scan the kids' brains while they're playing video games, answering questions, and even watching movies.
Researchers say massive changes occur in the brain between 9 and 19, so they want to track the brains of 10,000 or more kids - for the next 10 years.
"We can figure out where a child is in terms of the normal growth trajectory...this is the biggest brain imaging study of its kind ever undertaken," said University of Rochester Medical Center Neuroscience Chairman Dr. John Foxe.
The ABCD Study is believed to be the largest brain development study ever conducted.