The Biology of Love: Who We Choose and Why

Valentine’s Day inspires a post about someone who has dedicated her career to studying the science behind attraction and desire. For more than thirty years, Helen Fisher, Ph.D., has studied the link between brain chemistry and romantic love, in hopes of better understanding the patterns that occur when human beings choose their mates.

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Report on Progress: Disorders of Consciousness

The first Report on Progress this year comes from Thomas I. Cochrane, M.D., MBA Neurology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Michael A. Williams, M.D., FAAN, The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain and Spine Institute LifeBridge Health. The doctors take the readers through two possible stages of consciousness after injury, using a case study approach.

“Approximately five minutes after a terrible car accident that ejected Matt Trenton from his car, first responders found him face down and not breathing. They placed an endotracheal (breathing) tube in his trachea (windpipe) and transported him to the hospital, where he was admitted to the ICU. He received treatments, such as medications to elevate blood pressure, ventilator support of breathing, and IV fluids for hydration, all of which are necessary to support the brain and the body so that the brain can recover from injury.

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Families Welcome at AAAS Meeting in San Jose

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The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in San Jose’s convention center this weekend, includes one of my favorite events of the year—Family Science Days. Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5, everyone is invited to come and learn more about science, all for free.

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BAW 2015: New Publication Answers Questions on Brain Research

Brain Awareness Week (BAW)—March 16-22—is nearly a month away, and brain advocates across the planet are busy gearing up for the excitement. From the snow banks in Boston to the beaches in Brazil to the mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina, BAW Partners, including hospitals, universities, schools, senior centers and other institutions, are getting ready for their brain bees, brain fairs, brain lectures, brain lab tours, brain dissections, brain art exhibits, brain performances, brain Jell-O’s, brain hats and brain…well, you get the picture.

Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, BAW Photo Gallery, 2012

Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, BAW Photo Gallery, 2012

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Manhattan Student Triumphant in NYC Regional Brain Bee

For the two weeks leading up to the NYC Regional Brain Bee competition, Mary Zhuo Ke studied twenty pages of her textbook every day. She modestly mentioned several times that she was not expecting to win, but it was clear that her hard work paid off. “When preparing for this competition, I realized that in order to truly succeed, I had to understand what I was reading. I had to make connections so I would be able to make intelligent guesses if I was not familiar with the answer of a question. During the Brain Bee, I relied on inferences several times.”

Mary Zhuo Ke, First Place winner of the 2015 NYC Regional Brain Bee. Photo credit: Jacqueline Silberbush

Mary Zhuo Ke, First Place winner of the 2015 NYC Regional Brain Bee. Photo credit: Jacqueline Silberbush

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