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Sports Leagues Have New Scientific Reason to Get Tough on Steroid Use

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

According to the new research study entitled "Brain Connectivity Aberrations in Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Users," the sustained use of anabolic-androgenic steroids in a sample of men shows altered brain connectivity in major hubs, including the brain connection between the default mode network and the amygdala–a part of the brain that is important for memory processing and emotional response.

In a recent blog entry on PsyPost, Eric W. Dolan interviewed the steroid study's primary investigator, Astrid Kristine Bjorenbekk. In this interview, Bjorenbekk explained that the prolonged use of anabolic-androgenic steroids "specifically causes state-dependent changes in brain functional network organization and has deleterious long-term effects on brain structure."

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Source: Forbes