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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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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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Right before your eyes

A lousy lab meeting leads to a way to link protein sequence to function, thousands of variants at a time. This new method, and a similar one for RNA, reveal these molecules in startling detail.

HHMI Bulletin February 2011.


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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