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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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Treating Depression by Brain-Implanted Electerodes–New method raises old questions

“I just laughed out loud,” Sarah said describing the first time doctors stimulated electrodes implanted in her brain. “That was the first time I spontaneously laughed and smiled in five years.” Major depressive disorder is a serious, life-risking condition that can be difficult to treat. Sarah had suffered severe depression for years, which was not…

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Electric Brain Wins Two Book Awards

I am honored that my new book Electric Brain has received two awards.  It just received the Gold award for 2021 in the category of Science Books from the Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY Awards).  “The IPPY Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.”…

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Electric Brain Audio Excerpt

Electric Brain

Overview and Intro

Google Talk

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Leonard Lopate Show WNYC

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