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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

    The earliest thumb suckers caught on camera

    Like lots of parents in the digital age, my phone’s memory is maxed out with pictures of my daughter.

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    Growth Curve

    Elusive baby sleep miracles remain elusive

    There is little evidence to support sleep-training interventions for babies younger than six months. Sorry, sleep-deprived parents.

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    Growth Curve

    Why women want to sniff my baby

    Tiny babies smell very, very good. So good that scientists really want to know why some women find this smell irresistible.

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    Conversations with my baby

    Baby V woke up last Thursday with an amazing new skill: As her dad and I listened, she babbled away in her crib.

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    It’s too soon to take coffee away from pregnant women

    Usually when I scan new science papers, I am a reporter hunting for news.

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