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
- FeatureNew findings raise questions about reliability of fMRI as gauge of neural activity.
- NewsDust particles,wind and aerodynamics could steer some snowflakes toward a three-sided fate
- NewsBouncing an oil-coated water droplet creates a tiny emulsion and reveals physics of mixing.
- NewsSystem uses ultracold beryllium ions to tackle 160 randomly chosen programs.
- NewsStudy offers most comprehensive inventory yet of the human microbiome and a basis for understanding how those microbes affect health.
- NewsA new study pinpoints migratory songbirds’ magnetic compass in a specific brain region.
- NewsBacon, cheesecake and Ho Hos elicit addictive behavior in rats similar to the behavior of rats addicted to heroin.
- NewsResearchers pinpoint individual brain cells that respond to particular people and objects.
- On the SceneMagicians and neuroscientists may not seem like a likely match, but they have one important thing in common: A fascination with the brain, Science News reporter Laura Sanders reports in this blog filed from the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Chicago. As Science News pointed out in an article about science and magic in April, neuroscientists delve deep into the human mind to see how things like attention, perception and memory work, while magicians manipulate these very same things to confound their audience. This unlikely alliance was solidified October 17 at the Society for Neuroscience’s Annual Meeting in Chicago as two world-class magicians demonstrated some of their tricks to an audience of thousands of neuroscientists.
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- NewsStudy of rhesus monkeys shows running protects dopamine neurons from death.