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.
Back and Forth: Understanding the Neuroscience of Social InteractionsQ&A with Read Montague, Ph.D.
Dana Grantee Read Montague hopes the system he built to scan two people as they interact will help researchers understand why some people have social troubles and how to help them.
Wearable Brain Devices: Buyer Beware
Tech firms are marketing brain recording and stimulating devices directly to consumers without any government supervision. Are they explaining the risks as well as potential benefits?
Understanding the Gut-Brain ConnectionQ&A with Diego V. Bohórquez, Ph.D.
“It’s fascinating to me that the gut, literally, has a sweet tooth,” says Dana grantee Diego Bohórquez.
Neuroanatomy: The Basics
The brain and nervous system are a network of many specialized parts.
Sex Hormones and the Brain
Many of us think of hormones as chemical messengers that arrive during puberty to govern our reproductive development. But sex steroids like testosterone and estrogen also play a critical role in brain development.
What Happens at The Synapse?
The brain is responsible for every thought, feeling, and action. But how do the billions of cells that reside in the brain manage these feats?
How Do Brain Cells Communicate?
They signal to one another using a process called neurotransmission. But the transmission of these important chemical messages could not occur without unique cellular structures called receptors.
Brain cells communicate by passing chemical messages to one another. Those chemical messages are unique molecules called neurotransmitters.
Investigating Individual Differences
We are not all wired the same. Researchers are applying an idea from physics to try to explain how and why.
Out of Left FieldNew Insights into Where Language Understanding Resides in the Brain
Language is processed in networks across the brain, not just the left hemisphere.