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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter as @kaytsukel.
Understanding New Brain Research Models
Scientists can now grow living human brain tissue in lab dishes and in animals, creating organoids, neural transplants, and chimeras. While these models will help us better understand the brain in health and disease, they also raise thorny ethical questions that will only get thornier in the future.
Understanding Animal Models
What does experimenting with other animals tell us about people? Find out in our new Brain Basics article.
A Path to BiomarkersQ&A with Jong Yoon, M.D.
Predicting the path of illness for someone diagnosed with schizophrenia is difficult because its origins are so varied. Dana Grantee Jong Yoon is developing imaging methods to tease out the cellular mechanisms of one potential cause: too much dopamine production.
Understanding Gene/Environment Interactions
While we often talk about our genes as being responsible for individual traits like intelligence and temperament, the environments we live in may have just as much influence on who we are, how we look, and how we behave. Here are the basics.
A New Window into the Living BrainQ&A with Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
By adding analysis methods from astronomy to an imaging tool doctors use every day, Dana Grantee Jesse Schallek and his lab have found ways to see translucent cells at the back of the eye.
Worrying and the Aging Brain
Using a machine learning model, researchers describe how excessive worrying can accelerate brain aging and cognitive decline.
When the Myth is the Message: Neuromyths and Education
Two reports suggest that neuromyths are more pervasive in the educational community than we might think, and this may work against academic achievement. We investigate some of the most common myths, explaining their scientific origins and realities.
Bullying and the Brain
Bullying—mistreating and dominating others—is harmful in the moment and possibly throughout the rest of a person’s life. Get the basics. Here are the basics.
Experts weigh in on the impact mask-wearing may have on children's education, mental health, and brain development
Researchers Crack Mystery of Immune System’s Surveillance of the Brain
A new study describes how the immune system “covertly” monitors the brain via the glymphatic system, suggesting potential new avenues for treating neuroinflammatory diseases.