Archive for August, 2011

Letting go and exploring the world (The Balance Sheet, a Parents.com blog – 16 August 2011)

I recently guest-posted for Allison Winn Scotch's popular Parents.com blog, The Balance Sheet, about letting go and traveling with your kids. Excerpt: I have a confession to make:  I consider ‘balance’ to be a bit of a dirty word.  Sure,

Neural network mimics schizophrenia-like dopamine release in the brain (The Dana Foundation Website – 3 August 2011)

A neural network suggests that "hyper-learning," or a heightened release of dopamine in the brain that muddles the way schizophrenics remember language and events, may give us a better understanding of the factors leading to psychosis. Excerpt: Schizophrenia is a

Neuroanatomy–A primer (The Dana Foundation Website – 15 July 2011)

The brain boasts a complex architecture.  Here are the basics of its build and make-up. Excerpt: The human brain is a unique structure that boasts a complex three-dimensional architecture. Neuroscientists are only beginning to understand how the different parts of

Depression: Not just for adults (The Dana Foundation Website – 2 June 2011)

New research suggests not only that depression may occur in children as young as 3 years of age but that it is predictive of later episodes. Excerpt: From a distance, Callie1 appears to be a normal if quiet 5-year-old girl.

Hearts and Minds (Houston Chronicle City Brights Blog)

I am now contributing a new weekly blog to the  Houston Chronicle City Brights collection:  Hearts and Minds.  In it, I discuss new findings in life, love and science.  With the occasional personal story thrown in. 

Guest Travel Columnist (HealthNews.com – June 2011)

HealthNews.com asked me to be their guest travel columnist for the month of June.  I created several articles and lists based on travel including: 5 simple ways to guarantee the whole family enjoys the trip Tips and tricks for keeping

Will neuroscience challenge the legal concept of criminal responsibility? (The Dana Foundation Website – 24 May 2011)

Advances in neuroscience may challenge many notions held dear in the American legal system.  Hear what the experts have to say about whether it will challenge the concept of criminal responsibility. Excerpt: Just before 10:00 a.m. on June 20, 2001,

Biomarkers–A primer (The Dana Foundation Website – 2011)

Biological markers, or biomarkers, are changing the field of science and medicine by providing novel ways to predict, diagnoses and treat different diseases and disorders. Excerpt: Biological markers, or biomarkers, are substances that indicate a particular biological state. Today, neuroscientific

Using EHRs to improve patient outcomes (Healthcare Informatics – May 2011)

How are electronic health records (EHRs) helping to improve patient outcomes?  I interviewed two physicians to get their take in a special section of the May 2011 issue of Healthcare Informatics. Using EHRs to improve patient outcomes Patients learn to

Sex on the brain: Orgasms unlock altered consciousness (New Scientist – 11 May 2011)

Can orgasms help neuroscientists understand consciousness?  Two researchers think so. Excerpt: With a click and a whirr, I am pulled into the scanner. My head is strapped down and I have been draped with a blanket so that I may