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.
Neuroscience Writer, Growth Curve Blog Writer
Laura Sanders' Articles
- NewsPeople who killed themselves had higher levels of a gene involved in cell death.
- NewsIn lab study, kids who lived in single-race orphanages have difficulty interpreting emotions on faces with foreign features.
- News in BriefA new map of the fruit fly brain shows how the insect detects motion.
- NewsWhen pregnant mice consumed caffeine, their offspring had altered neurons and faulty memory.
- News in BriefSleep loss changes brain activity and food preferences.
- News in BriefGrid cells may orient people in Euclidean space.
- News in BriefIn India, narrow strips of wild land connect small groups of cats.
- News in BriefSigns of Alzheimer’s disease appear after the rodents breathe cigarette smoke.
- NewsDrug that interferes with recollection works only when people face the unexpected.
- NewsInfants strut a runway wearing electrodes to show how the walking reflex works.