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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

    Telling kids lies may teach them to lie

    In a new study, kids who were told a lie were more likely to later tell a fib themselves. The results should encourage parents not to lie to their kids.

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    Growth Curve

    Sugar doesn’t make kids hyper, and other parenting myths

    There’s no shortage of advice out there for parents, but some pearls of wisdom simply aren’t true.

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    Overheard, baby edition: Making sense of new words

    Eavesdropping babies learn new words when they understand familiar ones.

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    Should you hush that white noise?

    Some sleep machines can pump out a dangerous amount of noise, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used safely.

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    Brush kids’ teeth with just a little fluoride toothpaste

    The American Dental Association has released new brushing guidelines for infants.

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