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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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heroin-abuse-breaking-cycle-15Breaking the cycle of heroin abuse

With rates of heroin addiction stubbornly high, there is still debate about how best to treat those hooked on the drug.

Pharmaceutical Journal June 2015

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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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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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