Coffee fiends like me love to use scientific research to justify our habit. So, here goes. A new study finds that people who consume caffeine shortly after learning something show impressive...

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The Brain Bot was born out of Steve Finkbeiner’s frustration. In the 1990s, as a postdoctoral fellow trying to understand why brain cells die in Huntington’s Disease, Finkbeiner spent hour after hour, day...

I’ve been reading and thinking a lot lately about the process of aging. Many scientists who study it argue — quite convincingly — that it’s the most important scientific topic of...

In the spring of 1968, experimental psychologist Donald Lewis and his colleagues published a study about memory that was well before its time. The researchers first trained rats to fear a particular sound....

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and...

Two weeks ago I wrote about some tantalizing research coming out of the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. Brian Dias, a postdoctoral fellow in Kerry Ressler’s lab at Emory University, had reported...

There’s no way to sugarcoat it, so: On Tuesday morning my 17-month-old dog ran into a busy parkway, met a car, and died on impact. My husband and I took his...

There’s no question that the trauma gets handed down from one generation to the next. In one highly publicized example, researchers in New York studied several dozen women who were pregnant on...