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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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Do Animals Feel Empathy? Neuroscience illuminates

Empathy is the remarkable ability to perceive the thoughts, intentions, and emotions of other individuals. In human relations, empathy binds us together in interpersonal and social relations. It organizes our social behaviors, is the foundation of our commitment to justice, sparks selfless acts of alturism and heroism, and can be lifesaving by alerting us to…

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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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Leonard Lopate Show WNYC

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