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MUSIC and the Brain 
June 2020
By Debra Bradley Ruder
As COVID-19 spread insidiously around the globe this spring, people sought solace in music. They sang from their balconies, performed virtual fundraising concerts, and created both silly and serious tunes about hand washing, physical distancing, and other aspects of pandemic life. Read Music and the Brain »

CANNABIS and the Brain 
March 2020
By Debra Bradley Ruder
Cannabis products are everywhere these days. As a growing number of states relax their medical and recreational cannabis laws, millions of Americans are using the cannabis sativa plant, known as marijuana or hemp, to relax or treat pain, anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. Yet more data is needed on its pros and cons. Read Cannabis and the Brain »

ABANDONMENT and the Brain 
December 2019
By Debra Bradley Ruder
Studying the impact of adverse early experiences—extreme deprivation, neglect, and toxic stress, for example—on brain development and how these experiences can hamper a young person’s learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Read Abandonment and the Brain »

September 2019
By Debra Bradley Ruder
Delirium affects up to half of all hospitalized seniors—including at least 70 percent of those treated in the intensive care unit—and 20 to 60 percent of nursing home patients. Read Delirium, Dementia and the Brain »

SCREEN TIME and the Brain
June 2019
By Debra Bradley Ruder
How can children and parents manage their online behavior in this ever-changing digital landscape? Read Screen Time and the Brain »

ANESTHESIA and the Brain
March 2019
By Debra Bradley Ruder
How do anesthetics work in the brain? Read Anesthesia and the Brain »

HUNGER and the Brain
December 2018
By Debra Bradley Ruder
How does the intense drive of hunger compels us to eat—and make dieting so difficult? Read Hunger and the Brain »

AGING and the Brain
September 2018
By Debra Bradley Ruder
Someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.Read Aging and the Brain »

June 2018
By Debra Bradley Ruder
Scientists want to know how prolonged changes to circadian rhythms—the internal processes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle—may affect metabolism and body weight in people who keep unconventional sleep-wake schedules, such as nurses, security guards, and pilots. Read Circadian Rhythms and the Brain »

HEARING LOSS and the Brain
March 2018
By Debra Bradley Ruder
Hearing loss is the most common neurological disorder, affecting an estimated 360 million adults and children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Yet there are no biological treatments to restore hearing once it’s lost. Read Hearing Loss and the Brain »

THE GUT and the Brain
December 2017
By Debra Bradley Ruder
The enteric nervous system that regulates our gut uses the same chemicals and cells as the brain to help us digest and to alert the brain when something is amiss. Read The Gut and the Brain »

FOOTBALL and the Brain
September 2017
By Orna Feldman
There is growing evidence linking football and brain disease. Read Football and the Brain »

ZIKA and the Brain
July 2017
By Lauren Carr
In 2016 the Zika virus emerged as an urgent global health priority, prompting researchers throughout the world to focus on better understanding this rapidly spreading condition and its devastating side effects, including brain malformations and other birth defects in unborn babies. Read Zika and the Brain »

ADDICTION and the Brain
March 2017
By Lauren Carr
With the recent rise in opioid abuse and overdose, which has quickly become a national health epidemic, scientists are focused increasingly on understanding the science behind addiction and its effect on the brain. Read Addiction and the Brain »

HOLIDAY STRESS and the Brain
December 2016
By Scott Edwards
The end-of-year holidays are certainly a happy time for most of us, but the stress of the season puts many of us on such an edge that we wish it would all just go away. Read Holiday Stress and the Brain »

September 2016
By Scott Edwards
How do voters decide which candidate is their candidate? Read Decision Making and the Brain »

READING and the Brain
July 2016
By Scott Edwards
A number of things need to happen for a child to learn to read and to comprehend what she reads. Read Reading and the Brain »

SUGAR and the Brain
March 2016
By Scott Edwards
Brain functions such as thinking, memory, and learning are closely linked to glucose levels and how efficiently the brain uses this fuel source. Read Sugar and the Brain »

DANCING and the Brain
December 2015
By Scott Edwards
Millions of Americans dance, either recreationally or professionally. How many of those who are ballroom dancing, doing the foxtrot, break dancing, or line dancing, realize that they are doing something positive for their bodies—and their brains? Read Dancing and the Brain »

NIGHTMARES and the Brain
September 2015
By Scott Edwards
Dreams are understood to be recent autobiographical episodes that become woven with past memories to create a new memory that can be referenced later, but nightmares are simply dreams that cause a strong but unpleasant emotional response. Read Nightmares and the Brain »

FLY-FISHING and the Brain
July 2015
By Scott Edwards
What is it about this so-called quiet sport, with its incantation of rod and fly, river and nature, a sport of both stealth and strategy, that helps to lessen stress and calm the brain? Read Fly-Fishing and the Brain »

LOVE and the Brain
March 2015
By Scott Edwards
Richard Schwartz and Jacqueline Olds know a lot about love. These Harvard Medical School professors and couples therapists study how love evolves and, too often, how it collapses. Read Love and the Brain »