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Stories by R. Douglas Fields

Learning When No One Is Watching

We gain most of our knowledge without any instruction. Now science is unraveling how our brain pulls off this everyday miracle

September 15, 2016 — R. Douglas Fields

Does TV Rot Your Brain?

Scientists have linked TV viewing to antisocial behavior, lowered verbal IQ and altered brain structure—but a new study raises questions

January 1, 2016 — R. Douglas Fields
How to Erase Bad Memories

How to Erase Bad Memories

I’ll never forget it. They strapped electrodes to my wrist, cranked up a black dial on a frightening electronic device encrusted with switches and knobs, and shocked me repeatedly with jolts of electricity.

November 25, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields

Creativity, Madness and Drugs

San Diego—Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of psychiatric illnesses among writers and artists, concluded psychiatrist Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins Medical School speaking last week at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

November 22, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields

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