Sam Wang is an associate professor, Department of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.
Wang grew up in California and studied physics at the California Institute of Technology. Seeking his Ph.D. at Stanford University, he switched to neuroscience. He has worked at Duke University as a postdoctoral fellow and aided political leaders as a Congressional Science Fellow. After completing his postdoctoral studies, he spent two years at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., where he learned to use pulsed lasers to study brain signaling before coming to Princeton.
Wang, who has published more than 40 articles on the brain in leading scientific journals. His educational reach extends past the laboratory and classroom in his books, popular articles and efforts to convey neuroscience to interested nonscientists.
A good half the time, I’m doing what I want to do, which is very rewarding. It’s like play.
Is willpower something that we’re born with and live with our entire lives?
We have old genes that are well adapted to living in some previous environment that are constantly encountering new environments.
Stress at critical periods of development can be bad for the developing brain.
As long as the stress is transient, and then taken away, that seems to be a feature that leads to better stress responses later on.
Family size is a much larger determinate of personality than the order of one’s birth.
Brushing your teeth with the wrong hand can increase things that might matter to you much more, like sticking with an exercise program.