Archive for December, 2011

A case for aging like a normal person ( – 15 December 2011)

Why I'm avoiding Botox–and the notion that I have an expiration date. Excerpt: The first hint that people thought I had an "expiration date" (a visible, indelible mark on my person, saying how much time I had left to be

Finding the key to open the blood brain barrier (The Dana Foundation Website – 5 December 2011)

Neuroscientists are finding novel ways to open the blood brain barrier–to potentially deliver much-needed drugs to individuals with Alzheimer's or other neurodegenerative disorders. Excerpt: Potential drugs for neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease have been stymied

I had an orgasm in an MRI scanner (The Guardian’s Notes and Theories Blog – 16 November 2011)

Barry Komisaruk's orgasm research was a hot topic at this year's Society for Neuroscience conference.  The Guardian asked me to blog about how one has an orgasm in an fMRI. Excerpt: The first question, invariably, is, "Excuse me? You had

It happened to me: I donated an orgasm to science ( – 28 November 2011)

sdfd What happens when you donate an orgasm to science and it goes viral on the web?  Well, let me tell you. Excerpt: After donating one of my orgasms to neuroscience, I watched a scan of my brain at the

Updating Facebook status, to divorced (The New York Times At War Blog – 22 November 2011)

For the New York Times' At War blog, I wrote a piece about military divorce. Excerpt: Soon after I married my Army officer husband, an acquaintance gave me a photocopied page of an old-school military spouse handbook as a lark.

What neuroscience can teach us about love (Happen – November 2011)

Theo Pauline Nestor interviewed me for this Q&A about love and the brain.  Excerpt: When writer Kayt Sukel was perched to reenter the dating world, she was suddenly confronted with the fact that she could not answer what she thought

The Best American Travel Writing 2011 – Notable List

My article, Chet of Arabia, was mentioned on page 255 of The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (Sloane Crosley) as one of 2010's most notable travel pieces.  

For first time, researchers describe molecular mechanism for a ‘gateway drug’—nicotine (The Dana Foundation Website – 22 November 2011)

Nicotine has long been thought to be a "gateway drug."  For the first time, the biological underpinnings of that gateway mechanism have been explained. Excerpt: A few years ago, I attended an open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to support a friend

Reactive temperament in infancy linked to amygdala activity later in life (The Dana Foundation Website – 18 November 2011)

Jerome Kagan's lab at Harvard University is finding that early temperament is linked to later activation differences in the amygdala. Excerpt: My great-grandmother once told me that babies keep only one trait throughout the course of their lifetime—their temperament. It

Brain Receptors – A Primer (The Dana Foundation Website – 4 November 2011)

Neural receptors play an important role in several neuropsychiatric disorders.  Here is a basic primer on how they work. Excerpt: Synaptic transmission begins when one brain cell releases a neurochemical into the synapse. The transmission, however, is not complete until