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The brain is behavior.

  • Addressing sexual harassment in science

    The stories come in surprising ways.  An unexpected confession over a meal or a few drinks. A warning, perhaps, to keep your distance from a particular person before a conference.  A breakdown during one too many...

  • The science of "Bet you can't eat just one!"

    A few years ago, Lay's Potato Chips threw down the gauntlet in a new advertising campaign:  "Bet you can't eat just one!" It was a clever slogan--and had a clever commercial to match.  But I think the line...

  • More than meets the eye: A Q&A with Dartmouth's Hany Farid

    Did you see that photo of sharks allegedly swimming in a mall in Kuwait?  Or the video of the eagle grabbing a baby in Montreal?  Both must have been shared at least a dozen times on my social media feeds before...

  • Can we predict recidivism with a brain scan?

    Could monitoring the activity of a brain region called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) help law enforcement officials predict which violent criminals are likely to re-offend?  A recent study out of the Mind...

  • Crimes, misdemeanors and incomplete brain development

    Nearly 10 years ago, the Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty for crimes committed by minors in Roper v. Simmons.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, representing the majority opinion, wrote: First, as any parent...

  • Resisting "Folk Neuroscience"

    One of the best things I read this week was a piece by Vaughan Bell in the Guardian entitled, "Our Brains, and How They're Not as Simple as We Think."  Bell, a neuropsychologist and science writer, talks about...

  • Marriage doesn't benefit everyone

    You've heard it time and time again:  marriage is good for your health.  Studies have shown that married folks not only live longer but also enjoy better health than their singleton peers.  Married couples have...

  • Psychogenic diseases -- all in your head?

    I have a friend who suffers from chronic pain.  She has tried meditation, acupuncture, opioids, yoga and all manner of other remedies.  Chances are, if anyone, anywhere, has said something will help with the pain,...

  • The secrets of RASopathies

    What secrets might one single biological pathway be harboring? The RAS family of proteins have a unique role.  They act as a sort of relay, an on/off switch, if you will, in the cell.  As RAS is activated by...

  • If music be the stuff of brains, play on...

    Ludwig van Beethoven is credited with saying, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." And while some may argue the point, there's certainly been a good bit of evidence suggesting that...

  • Computation + Journalism: A Paradigm Shift

    Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the second Computation + Journalism Symposium hosted by my alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology.  The basic question asked by the symposium was simple:  what...

  • Always as good as the first time?

    In the 80's classic movie, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, experienced high school ingenue Linda Barrett tells her younger friend Stacy Hamilton that she should just lose her virginity already. "It's no huge...

  • You're actually awful at multi-tasking.

    A few weeks ago, I was in line at the grocery store and overheard the following exchange. "The cop gave her a ticket for texting and driving.  She wasn't speeding or anything." "I'm not sure why they make...

  • What can mindfulness really do?

    A good friend--I'll call her Tandy here--is a huge fan of meditation.  She spends a good hour each day practicing "mindfulness."  She credits her practice with a more calm demeanor, a faster-working brain and a...

  • Is Monogamy the Only Way to Be Happy?

    There's a pervasive notion that a monogamous relationship is the ideal.  Certainly, that's what most Americans have been hearing for as long as they can remember.  A committed, loving relationship between two...

  • Are all calories created equal?

    It's that time of year again.  My gym is chock full of New Year's resolutioners--hogging treadmills and filling up space in already tight Zumba classes, desperate to lose a few pounds in 2013.   We know that...

  • 2012 in Review - My Favorite Things

    It's the end of the year--which means I'm reflecting on all manner of things.  It's been an incredible year for me.  DIRTY MINDS: HOW OUR BRAINS INFLUENCE LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS came out in January.  (As an...

  • Mapping Semantic Space in the Brain

    Every moment we walk around in this big, bad world, our brains somehow make sense of the environment around us.  They manage, somehow, to process an incredible amount of visual information as we move and interact...

  • Gut Feeling: A Q&A with the American Gut Project's Jeff Leach

    The American Gut Project is an open-source, community effort to better understand the diversity of our microbiomes. 

  • Digital "Brain Health" Market Predicted to Boom

    Have you gotten a measure of your attention skills on a site like Lumosity?  Has a physician recommended that your elderly parent give software like BrainHQ a try? Then you are already part of the booming Digital...