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
- NewsPeople unlearned an odor's unpleasant accompaniment when they smelled it in their sleep.
- News in BriefNIH details priority areas, including improving imaging technology and mapping brain structures.
- News in BriefIn PET scans, researchers can now see tau, which accompanies amyloid in diseased brains.
- News in BriefOld sock smell signals contamination but doesn't belong to TCA, study proposes.
- NewsThe spice makes lips tingle at 50 beats per second, researchers find.
- NewsInjection of compound causes animals to slow heartbeat, lower body temperature.
- News in BriefAdults over 60 who played for several hours a month beat untrained 20-year-olds in racing game.
- News in BriefPersonal space has a measurable boundary, a study suggests.
Largely left to their own devices, human stem cells knitted themselves into tissue with a multitude of brain structures and specialized cadres of neurons in a form reminiscent of the brain of a nine-week-old fetus, scientists report August 28 in Nature.
- NewsBrain responses suggest infants can distinguish distinct words from altered versions that they learned in the womb.