Kayt Sukel is a writer whose essays and articles have appeared in the the Atlantic Monthly, New Scientist, Pacific Standard, Science, Memory and Cognition, NeuroImage, the Washington Post, and National Geographic Traveler. She is the author of DIRTY MINDS: HOW OUR BRAINS INFLUENCE LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS (Free Press, 2012), an exploration of love and the brain, and THE ART OF RISK (National Geographic Books, 2016), an investigation of risk-taking behavior inside and outside the laboratory. Currently living outside Houston, Texas, she can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter as @kaytsukel.
Neuroimaging: Many Analysts, Differing Results
70 teams processed the same collection of fMRI data – using different software, taking different steps, and setting different thresholds—and came to different conclusions more than half the time. With today’s huge datasets and multiple methods of analysis, it’s critical that researchers describe their methods precisely so others can reproduce their results.
Making the Most Out of Online LearningQ&A with Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D.
Online learning can be quite effective. Emotional connections with students are key to success, says Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D.—and parents don’t have to be teachers to help their children understand and apply what they are learning online.
Racing to Understand Covid-19 and the Brain
Scientists hope to uncover why the coronavirus sometimes presents neurological symptoms. But how similar is it to other viruses that can invade the nervous system?
KidTalk: A Natural Experiment in the Time of Covid-19
A new citizen-science project offers parents a virtual scrapbook to record their children’s speech, so researchers can see how their language skills develop in home settings—as well as see how they may be affected by staying at home during the pandemic.
Testing Neurofeedback as a Treatment for Tourette’sQ&A with Michelle Hampson, Ph.D.
Dana grantee Michelle Hampson describes how neurofeedback may be a good alternative treatment for tics and the challenges of developing the right training paradigms.
Finding New Ways to Connect in a CrisisQ&A with Myrna Weissman, Ph.D.
While many of us are sheltering in place, maintaining mood and friendships is more important than ever. We talk with Dana Alliance member Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., on how best to cope during forced isolation.
Want to Boost Your Immune System? Sleep BetterQ&A with Robert W. Greene, M.D., Ph.D.
We talk with Robert W. Greene, M.D., Ph.D., about how sleep can help us fight off viruses and other infections and how to get a better night’s rest.
Don’t Panic: How Stressful Situations Affect the BrainQ&A with Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
Dana Alliance member Eric Nestler explains the difference between stress and panic, how stress can lead to resilience, and how we can help ourselves cope.
Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Vocal LearningQ&A with Michael Yartsev, Ph.D.
Most mammals know from birth how to make sounds that communicate, but not humans. And not bats: Dana grantee Michael Yartsev has collected reams of data on how Egyptian fruit bats learn to make sounds to communicate as a way to understand how we do it.
Searching for Signs of ConsciousnessQ&A with Jan Claassen, M.D.
Dana grantee Jan Claassen uses EEG to detect patterns of brain activity in people in coma who don’t physically respond to voice commands that suggest some may have “covert consciousness.”