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Welcome to a collection of my science writing, mainly about brains and behavior. Here you'll find brief descriptions of and links to the complete articles.

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Paying attention to risk factors and warning signs could avert some cases of schizophrenia.

Nature April 2014

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Mood ring

A smartphone app that monitors the speech patterns of the user may soon be able to warn a person with bipolar disorder of an impending mood swing.

Nautilus April 2014

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Message matters for pain relief

pills_featuredWhen testing drugs for pain relief, the information doctors give matters almost as much as the medicine people receive, according to a study in Science Translational Medicine.

Pain Research Forum January 2014

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A lifeline for addicts

a-lifeline-for-addictsRestoring the brain’s flexibility may help addicts act on their desire to quit.

Scientific American Mind March 2013

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Rational thought vs. generous intuitions

rational-thoughtOur first impulse is to cooperate — until we think about it logically, a study in Nature finds.

Scientific American Mind March 2013

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The banner image above shows manganese dendrites found in stone, which recall the dendrites in the brain that I usually think about. The image appears courtesy of Dr. Hans Hermann, who says that the rock currently sits in his office in Zurich, Switzerland.

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