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Family Separation Alters Electrical Activity in Teen Brain: Follow-up study on Romanian Orphans

The federal government has reported that nearly 3,000 children, as of January 2019, were forcibly separated from their parents migrating across the US border with Mexico and put into detention shelters or foster care.  Much of what scientists know about how brain development in children is impaired by adverse early life experience comes from studies on…

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Electric Brain–Dedicated to my Father

After years of toil, typing and revising the manuscript, the day an author first sees their work typeset in the layout design for their new book is always a delight.  Reaching that milestone, the effort transcends from intention to tangible.  What was especially rewarding when I first saw the layout for my new book, Electric…

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Late Filing Taxes? Blame Your Brain

  “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Right, but tomorrow never comes. There are many studies on the psychology of procrastination, but brain imaging is giving researchers neurological insight into procrastinators’ brains by revealing differences in brain structure in people who habitually put off doing things until the last minute. Don’t expect the IRS to cut you any slack if your…

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CBS 60 Minutes Sensationalized Report on a Sonic or Microwave Weapon Harming US Diplomats

On Sunday, March 17 2019, CBS 60 Minutes broadcast an alarming report on the Cuban/Chinese, sonic/microwave/neuroweapon attack on US embassy staff and their families.  The report is an example of how a once credible press has been supplanted by tabloid sensationalism and fearmongering.  The program featured interviews with staff and family members at the US…

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Humans Mated with Neanderthals–They Still Are

We know that Homo sapiens (meaning the wise one) co-inhabited the earth with Neandertals. What’s more, DNA analysis proves that men and women of both species (or subspecies if you prefer), mated. Of course, there was no Valentine’s Day back when the daily grind for a working man meant bringing down a woolly mammoth with a sharp stick.…

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Switching Off Anger with an Electrode

Devonte Washington, 15, was waiting on the platform of a Washington DC Metro subway station with his mother and two sisters headed to a barber shop to get a haircut for Easter Sunday church service.  The young man glanced up at a stranger, 17-year-old Maurice Bellamy, who instantly took offence–pulled out a .38 caliber pistol…

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How Scientific American Magazine Helps Shape the English Language

It is fascinating to consider that there was a time when such commonly used words as “pre-heat,” “download,” and “phone,” did not exist.  More surprising, perhaps, is that the first recorded use of these words in print, and 205 others in the English language, was in Scientific American magazine. That’s according to the Oxford English…

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Gamma Waves in the Brain–Fumes or Fundamental?

SAN DIEGO—The most fundamental question of how information is coded and processed in the brain is being re-examined, and the controversy drew an overflow crowd of neuroscientists to participate in an intense debate at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego. The textbook explanation that information is coded digitally by the firing rate…

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California wildfires–What sort of person is compelled to commit arson?

Something more can be done in addition to environmental action to help prevent wildfires.  First published in Psychology Today. The inferno of tragic fires in California has destroyed thousands of homes, incinerated hundreds of thousands of acres, and killed many people this year.  In the latest, the entire town of Paradise was reduced to smoldering ash.  Highlighting the…

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A Gunman’s Regret

Science can help society grapple with the horrors of modern gun violence …A death row inmate wrote to say that something I had written had helped him understand how his life derailed. If he had read this material on the neuroscience of violence earlier in his life, he wrote, “I might not be here today.”…

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