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R. Douglas Fields Ph.D.
Survivor guilt will afflict thousands who recover from COVID-19 while loved ones do not. Why do people suffer survivor guilt after traumatic events?
Neuroscientists announced a new approach to improve memory in elderly people—electrical stimulation applied to the scalp to boost brainwaves.
New research suggests that whether you tend to live in the present, past, or future can help determine whether you will quit your job.
Many people lose their sense of smell after COVID-19 infection. Not often discussed are the psychological effects on sexual and interpersonal relations.
Last year, family and friends could not gather safely for Thanksgiving. This year we can. New research shows that gratitude promotes mental and physical health.
Researchers recently implanted electrodes in a depressed patient's brain to identify the faulty neural circuits causing her depression and then restored normal activity by stimulating electrodes. What should we take away from this study?
Researchers report that mental “instant replay” after each performance is critical to perfecting a new skill.
Empathy is vital for human relations. Now, new research suggests that this ability is shared with other animals—and the same brain circuits are responsible.
Our survival requires balancing risk against reward, but some people take risks with abandon whereas others cower. Why? Here are new answers from brain imaging and DNA analysis.
Studies to date have provided mixed evidence that stress can cause cancer to return. Now, a new study offers proof and may even pinpoint how it works.
From personal experience, I know that the president's treatment for COVID as seen on TV is not representative of the psychological and medical experience others with COVID face.
If your belly is suddenly growing soft and fatty and you are gaining weight, chronic stress may be responsible, but it depends on your sex.
Beyond racism, the incident provides deeper insight into aggression and gender.
Upon seeing the blood-stained gloves, O.J. Simpson may have had electrical activity in his brain that showed recognition, and guilt.
The ability of coronaviruses to enter the brain through the nasal cavity is raising concern that brain infection could contribute to respiratory failure in COVID-19.
There is tremendous potential for brainwave research to benefit people with autism, but also uncertainty.
Trump's dismissal of traumatic brain injury to U.S. troops cannot go uncorrected.
The mysterious attraction that draws two strangers together romantically bursts forth automatically. Researchers find the brain's matchmaker in EEG responses when online dating.
A new study finds that the brain has hundreds of trillions of clocks—synapses!
Implanting a thought by brain-computer interface is not as simple as it might seem. The engineering obstacles are less daunting than the biological obstacles.
A new study shows that disruptions in a stable family environment adversely influence brain electrical activity in children, with effects that can persist in the teen brain.
If you habitually put off important tasks—like doing your taxes—this may be the reason.
Research on suppressing anger by directly controlling electrical activity in brain circuits.
Increased support for psychological research on arson and greater mental health services are needed.
Is blaming fentanyl and the drug industry an effective way to address the root cause of the nation's opoid epidemic, or a desperate effort to find a quick fix?
A new study suggests that if music makes you feel like crying, it reveals something about your personality.
An intriguing link has been identified between unconventional sexual behavior and a common parasite, which is acquired from cats.
After sampling only 10 minutes of brainwave patterns while Internet gamers sat doing nothing, researchers can see differences in their functional brain connectivity.
A new study of 1,024 mammal species has determined which animals are the most vicious killers of their own kind. For the answer, just look in the mirror.
The facts do not support the Washington Post argument that stricter gun control will lower U.S. suicide rates 20-38 percent.
R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D., teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park and is the author of the book Electric Brain.