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Stories by Erika Beras

Dust Reveals Who You Are and Where You Live

Scientists dissected dust bunnies from across the country and found some interesting patterns; their work will help allergy sufferers and forensic scientists

October 19, 2015 — Erika Beras and Benjamin Meyers

Babies Just Want to Be Smiled at

By studying the interactions of babies and their mothers, researchers determined that babies smile in hopes others will smile at them. Erika Beras reports

October 8, 2015 — Erika Beras

Marijuana Muddies Memory and Mixes with Alcohol to Make Trouble

People who smoke pot and drink are twice as likely to do both at the same time than to do just one, with the combo associated with bad decision-making; and chronic pot smokers who had not indulged in a month were still more likely to have faulty memories than were nonsmokers...

July 1, 2015 — Erika Beras

Junk Diet Rewires Rat Brains

High-calorie and exceedingly pleasurable foods appear to change rat brain rewards circuitry, causing the rodents to continue to seek such fare. Erika Beras reports

February 7, 2015 — Erika Beras

Even Monkeys Believe In Hot Streaks

Monkeys trained to play fixed video games made moves indicating that they expected certain patterns to occur. Erika Beras reports

August 12, 2014 — Erika Beras

Cool Kids Get Schooled with Age

Kids deemed cool in early adolescence have a poor chance to keep that status by their early 20s, because their behavior gets old. Erika Beras reports 


June 23, 2014 — Erika Beras

Classroom Decorations Can Distract Young Students

Five-year-olds in highly decorated classrooms were less able to hold their focus, spent more time off-task and had smaller learning gains than kids in bare rooms. Erika Beras reports


June 11, 2014 — Erika Beras
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