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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

    Experiments in pasta

    In discovery mode, babies gather every bit of information they can about the world around them.

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    Growth Curve

    Exercise while pregnant may boost baby’s brain

    Babies born to moms who exercised during pregnancy showed higher levels of brain maturity.

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    Growth Curve

    Too little noise is bad for newborns in intensive care

    Preemies housed in quiet private rooms during a NICU stay may be at risk for language problems.

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    Don’t buy breast milk on the Internet, and other helpful tips

    A new study finds bacterial contamination in breast milk bought online, but there’s more to the story than that.

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    New definition of 'full term' narrows on-time arrival window

    Until now, babies born at any time during a wide five-week window were considered fully cooked. Now, a panel of clinicians says otherwise.

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