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.
Psychedelics: Weighing the Healing Power
New research suggests drugs like psilocybin may help treat neuropsychiatric conditions ranging from depression to opioid addiction. But what do we really know about how psychedelics influence the brain?
Our Memories, Our ExperiencesQ&A with Cristina Maria Alberini, Ph.D.
The ways the hippocampus grows and how it functions to learn and remember depend greatly on an animal’s life experiences, Dana Grantee Cristina Maria Alberini has found.
You might not notice, but a lot is happening when you sleep. Here are the basics.
Stimulating ConsciousnessQ&A with Martin Monti, Ph.D.
Determining if a brain-injured person is conscious can be difficult when that person cannot respond to your questions or show some outward sign. Dana Grantee Martin Monti is using targeted ultrasound to try to re-awaken dormant neurons.
How do moods differ from emotions? Can you alter your mood safely? Find out in our new Brain Basics article
Adapting to the (Not So) New Age of Computer Learning
Schools have had no choice but to embrace virtual learning. But the question remains: How does it work when compared to traditional, face-to-face instruction?
Clear ContrastQ&A with Mikhail Shapiro, Ph.D.
By using tiny pockets of air instead of proteins to label cells, Dana Foundation Grantee Mikhail Shapiro’s lab found a new way to safely dive deep into living brains.
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?