Joshua Gowin Ph.D.

Joshua Gowin, Ph.D., currently works at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a postdoctoral fellow. His work explores how the genetics of pain receptors in the brain determine how alcohol affects us. In the past he worked as a postdoctoral researcher under Martin Paulus at UC San Diego. While there he used functional MRI to explore how individuals dependent on drugs process risky decisions and whether risk-processing in the brain can predict relapse likelihood. He earned his doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2011 for his work on the cycle of violence and the processes in the brain that may underlie it. He has written for Psychology Today, where he was an intern in 2009.  He has also contributed to the HealthLeader, The Psychology of Dexter and The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In 2012, You, Illuminated was nominated for the Best in Show: Blog Award as part of the WEGO Health Activist Awards.

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You, Illuminated

You, Illuminated provides a forum to muse on the mental process of lying, why Santa Claus causes cognitive dissonance, and how vegetarianism impacts our brain.    

What people have said about You, Illuminated:

"...informative and often entertaining"

-NESCA News & Notes

"Excellent and crisp writing. Keep it coming!"

-Kevin (commenter on a post)

"I like it except for all the brain stuff."

-Frank Gowin (Joshua's father)

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