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Laura Sanders

Neuroscience Writer, Growth Curve Blog Writer

Neuroscience writer Laura Sanders reports on the latest mysteries of the mind and blogs about the science of raising kids. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she studied the nerve cells that compel a fruit fly to perform a dazzling mating ritual full of singing and dancing. Convinced that she was missing some exciting science development somewhere, Laura turned her eye toward writing about brains in all shapes and forms. Laura's research has been published in scientific journals including Current Biology, Developmental Biology and PLOS Biology. She holds undergraduate degrees in creative writing and biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she was a National Merit Scholar. Her 2012 series on consciousness won an Eddie Award for editorial excellence.

Laura Sanders' Articles

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    Growth Curve

    Should your kid eat organic? The answer is complicated

    The science behind kids’ pesticide exposure is complicated and patchy.

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    Growth Curve

    Your baby knows who your real friends are

    Infants are surprisingly good judges of who ought to be friendly to each other.

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    Growth Curve

    How to read a book to your baby

    To help your baby get the most out of story time, turn the story into a conversation, not a monologue.

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    Growth Curve

    Baby-cam captures an infant’s world

    What do babies see all day? Faces. Lots of faces.

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    Growth Curve

    Babies tune in to happy sounds

    High pitched, cutesy voices prove irresistible to infants.

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