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Book Talks for Electric Brain

Electric Brain Wins Two Literary Awards!

2021 Gold Award for Best Book of the Year in the category of Science by the Independent Publishers Awards (IPPY Awards).

2020 Silver Award in the category of Science and Technology by the Foreward Indies Reviews.

Upcoming and recent events:

I will be speaking about brainwaves at Annual MENSA High-IQ Society Meeting in Reston, VA, August 13, 2022.


Some past events:

Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC., Wednesday, February 5, 2020-6:45 pm!  The New Brain Science: How Brainwave Research Is Shaping the Future

Evening Program with Book Signing.  Limited seating, so reserve tickets now.

The Smithsonian–such a treasure and worthy of support.

Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon,  Thursday, February 20, 2020-7:30 pm!  Evening program with book signing

Powell’s is a book lover’s mecca.  The Hawthorne store covers more than 10,000 square feet, offering more than 200,000 titles.

Profs and Pints, February 27, 2020, Washington, DC.

Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast, interview with the author about Electric Brain, Listen here , March 4, 2020

Tattered Cover, March 6, 2020, Denver, CO.  A local landmark independent bookstore!

Curious Iguana, Frederick, Maryland, March 18, 2020 7:00 pm!  Evening Program with Book Signing

A wonderful independent book store that does an outstanding job of organizing literary events.

LA Times Festival of Books, April 18, 19, 2020 at the University of  Southern California.  A major event with a 26 year history– 600 authors and attendance of over 150,000.  Don’t miss it if you are a book lover in the area!

Utah Humanities Book Festival  Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  Westminster College Neuroscience Club.  On-line due to the pandemic–7pm – 8:30 pm MDT.

Profs and Pints  First in-person talk about Electric Brain since COVID-19 suspended them! Tuesday, March 29, 2022 6pm.  At Church Hall, 1070 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Print Book Reviews, Interviews, and Articles  

Electric Brain   

A nice review of Electric Brain by Cyan James in Science Magazine.  My thanks to her and to the Science Magazine book editor Valerie Thompson!

Hidden Brain by NPR’s Shankar Vedantam, does a masterful job in his “The Logic of Rage” episode, where my daughter Kelly and I tell our story of our fight with robbers in Barcelona, which inspired me to write Why We Snap.  October 5, 2020.

Advance Copy column, National Association of Science Writers.  Gives the back story about Electric Brain.

The New Brain Science:  How Brainwave Research is Shaping the Future, The Not Old-Better Show, interview with the author January 14, 2020

The Learning Well on Edge Blog Talk Radio.  In-depth interview of the author about Electric Brain, and brainwaves, by Elise Marquam Jahns.

Talk Nerdy, interview of the author about Electric Brain, by Cara Santa Maria, August 31, 2020  Listen here

Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio, interview with the author by Lisa Cypers Kamen


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Why We Snap


Book review of Why We Snap in National Association of Science Writers “Advance Copy” Section edited by Lynne Lamberg, ScienceWriters, (Spring, 2016) Vol. 65, No. 2, p. 10, and advance on-line January 13.

Book review, Business Insider Science Section May 2, 2016, and 9 Reasons Why People Snap, by Rebecca Harrington, April 27, 2016.

Explaining Rage:  A Q and A with R. Douglas Fields in Scientific American MIND, by Diana Kwon, March 1, 2016 (advance copy on-line)

Scientific American MIND reviews Why We Snap, by Diana Kwon, by Diana Kwon, March 1, 2016 (advance copy on-line)

National Geographic’s Book Talk, Your brain is hardwired to snap, interview with the author of Why We Snap, February 7, 2016, by Simon Worrall

Frederick News and Post  Calm down:  Book examines the biology behind rage, Karen Gardner, January 24, 2016  Biology behind rage

Why do we snap?  This author can tell you why, Emily Perper, The Curious Iguana, January 24, 2016  Why do we snap?

Discover Magazine  Why we snap, from road rage to barroom brawls, Carl Engelking, January 13, 2016  Road Rage to Barroom brawls

Time Magazine  The Science of why people ‘snap’ in anger, by Doug Fields, January 14, 2016  Quick Take

Science (AAAS)  Unleashing the beast within, by Pascal Wallisch, January 15, 2016, Vol. 351, Issue 6270, pp. 232  Book Review, Why We Snap

New York Magazine, A neuroscientist explains the phrase ‘I just snapped’, by Melissa Dahl, Science of Us, January 20, 2016 I just snapped

LinkedIn Why we snap at work, by R. Douglas Fields, January 21, 2016 why we snap at work

Lifehacker,  Why slow internet and getting stuck in traffic makes you snap, by Patrick Allen January 20, 2016:  road rage and snapping

Hidden Brain by NPR’s Shankar Vedantam, does a masterful job in his “The Logic of Rage” episode, where my daughter Kelly and I tell our story of our fight with robbers in Barcelona, which inspired me to write Why We Snap.  October 5, 2020.

Great interview about Why We Snap on the Jordan Harbinger Show, August 2021.

This is Your Brain podcast with Dr. Phil Steig–January 1, 2021–discussing neuroscience of aggression and the capitol riot on January 6, 2020.  See advance video clips

The Other Brain

See here: (Other Brain Book Page)









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