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About Dr. Fields

R. Douglas Fields, PhD, is a neuroscientist and author. Throughout his career his scientific research has explored the cellular mechanisms of nervous system development, plasticity, and memory, working at UC San Diego, Stanford University, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health.

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New research links serotonin and dopamine not just to addiction and depression, but to the ability to control genes

“Half of what you learned in college is wrong,” my biology professor, David Lange, once said. “Problem is, we don’t know which half.” Those words came to mind as I opened my copy of Science at home one night, and an unfamiliar word in the title of a new study caught my eye: dopaminylation. The…

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Contrast Between Trump’s COVID Care and Everyone Else

For many, the TV reports of the president’s treatment will be their first exposure to the detailed treatment for COVID-19, so it is important to understand that this is not, by any means, representative of the physical and psychological experiences others will face if they are stricken by this potentially deadly virus. Unfortunately, I can…

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Leonard Lopate Show WNYC

"On the Origins of Rage and How it Affects Your Brain"