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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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How the Tremendous Boost in Brain Power Arose Suddenly in Evolution–The Mystery of Myelin

 “Why, if species have descended from other species by fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?” — Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species.     Charles Darwin proposed that evolution is driven by gradual variations in organisms that have survival advantage in a changing environment, but he recognized that new traits often…

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Big Mystery About the Little Brain

With all the stunning advances in neuroscience it may come as a surprise that a major part of the brain is a mystery to scientists.  It is not a small oversight.  This peculiar brain lobe contains ¾ of all the brain’s neurons!  Astonishingly, its cellular structure is unlike anywhere else in the brain.  The neurons…

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Leonard Lopate Show WNYC

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