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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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Risky Brains: Brain Structure Promotes Smoking, Drinking, Sex

Our survival requires balancing risk against reward, but some people take risks with abandon whereas others cower. Why?  Consider elite rock climber, Emily Harrington, who became the first woman to free climb the extremely dangerous route Golden Gate, on El Capitan in a day, triumphing only a year after she suffered a near-fatal fall on the same route. According to…

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How Futurist H. G. Wells, Foresaw the Invention of the World Wide Web– and the Collapse of Journalism and Democracy this Technology would Bring

The brilliant biologist and author, H. G. Wells (1866-1946), who wrote The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, and who foresaw space travel, atomic bombs and the development of the world-wide web, also predicted that the latter invention would bring what we are now experiencing–the downfall of journalism.  Peering into the 21st…

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Electric Brain Audio Excerpt

Electric Brain

Overview and Intro

Google Talk

On Gila and Rage

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Leonard Lopate Show WNYC

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