Brenda Patoine is a freelance science writer who has been covering neuroscience for more than 20 years. She has written for the Dana Foundation since 1989 and is a regular contributor to the foundation’s publications and website. She writes both for professional audiences and the general public about advances in brain research, neurology, and the science of spirituality.
Tracking the Neural Footprints of Consciousness
Two leading theories that are diametrically opposed are part of a new $20 million international research program to explore how consciousness arises and correlates in the brain.
Social Media & Teens: No Simple Answers
Scientists are just beginning to investigate how social media and other digital media may physically impact the developing brain
NIH ‘Sound Health’ Grants Raise the Volume on Music, Singing Research
We sense that music changes our moods and thinking, but how and why? US national health institutes are sponsoring a wave of studies to investigate.
Redefining DeathPartial Revival of Pig Brains Raises Ethical and Existential Questions
Can brain cells be revived after death? Conventional wisdom says cells die quickly when deprived of oxygen, but researchers recently sparked cellular activity in brains of pigs killed hours earlier, raising new questions about our definitions of death.
Alcohol and the BrainIs Moderate Drinking Really Good for Your Brain?
A recent study throws water on the popular idea that a few drinks a week can’t hurt and might help your brain.
Oxytocin: the Molecule of Love, Trust, Morality, and Sociality?
Neuroscientists express cautious enthusiasm about oxytocin’s potential applications, but also warn of misperceptions brought on by oversimplified reporting.
The Resilient BrainPsychological Resilience is an Active, Distinct Neurobiological Process
What makes one person more resilient to stress than another? Might differences in brain structure or function explain it?
The Mindful BrainClinical Applications and Mechanistic Clues of Mindfulness Meditation Progress
Mindfulness-based meditation is now firmly established as a valid stress-reduction tool
Desperately Seeking SensationFear, Reward, and the Human Need for Novelty
Why are some people drawn to intense, even fear-inducing thrills while others shun the mere thought?
Mental Well-Being of Family CaregiversScience Probes How Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving Affect Health
Caregiving and stress often go hand in hand. We review current research and offer tips for avoiding the problems caused by chronic stress.