About a year ago I wrote a story about the hottest new animal model in neuroscience: baby zebrafish. The critters are not much to look at. They’re the size and shape of...

Trauma is insidious. It not only increases a person’s risk for psychiatric disorders, but can also spill over into the next generation. People who were traumatized during the Khmer Rouge genocide...

A hot debate has broken out among scientists who study microglia, the glorious cells best known as the soldiers of the brain’s immune system. OK, “debate” may be a strong word;...

In this month’s issue of Popular Science, I wrote a (very) short column about “hardwired” sex differences in the human brain. My premise: There aren’t any meaningful differences, and the studies that go after...

In December, a highly publicized study declared that distinctive wiring in the brain explains different skill sets in men and women. After scanning hundreds of participants’ brains, the researchers reported that...

If you haven’t seen marijuana in the news lately then you haven’t been paying attention. This week lawmakers in Maryland, Maine,Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Kentucky, and Georgia are all talking about weed. Some doctors are using the drug to...

I first learned how our eyes work in a college neuroscience class in the fall of 2002. My textbook showed colorful cartoons of the retina, lined with two types of cells...

When Brian Dias became a father last October, he was, like any new parent, mindful of the enormous responsibility that lay before him. From that moment on, every choice he made...