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.
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.”
Build a Better Brain Model
Organoids, chimeric cells, and other new experimental biotech offer us ways to study things we've never had access to before and ethical questions anew.
Learning by AssociationQ&A with Randy Bruno, Ph.D.
Randy Bruno used his Dana grant to expand into behavior studies, and found that the sensory cortex does more than just sense—it learns based on reward.
A Comprehensive–and Controlled–Look into Adolescent Brain Development
The US national health institutes have begun a massive, long-term study—starting with nearly 12,000 children—to learn how brains grow, and try to pinpoint why some go off-track.