ABCD scientists study
many factors that shape development

Mary Heitzeg, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Significance of the ABCD Study

Parents, educators, and researchers share a common goal—helping our children become healthy and well-adjusted adults. Science-based information can help us achieve that goal. The ABCD Study will look at many childhood experiences that affect brain, social, emotional, and cognitive development, including those that directly affect classroom behavior and academic success.

Some of the areas to be studied include sleep, attention, substance use, physical activity, and sports injuries. Understanding the relationships among these experiences and their effects on the growing brain will provide answers that can inform educational practices and policy (as shown in the table below) and, ultimately, improve the health and success of our youth.

The ABCD Study will complement current education research