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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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Why Your Tongue Sticks Out When You Thread a Needle

Ever wonder why your tongue sticks out when you thread a needle?  To find out why (and understand rock singer Joe Cocker’s wild gesticulations), see my article in Quanta Magazine   One day, while threading a needle to sew a button, I noticed that my tongue was sticking out. The same thing happened later, as…

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COVID-19 School Closures Harmed Children’s Mental Health

There has been much conjecture about possible detrimental long-term consequences of school closures on young children and adolescents, but now a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports provides convincing evidence that the mental health of school children was impaired by school closures during the pandemic. The study surveyed 907 adolescents and their parents in…

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Leonard Lopate Show WNYC

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