Eye blinking is the missing link between fitness and brain function.

An exercise class stretching their arms.

Most of us know by now that successful people exercise. It’s such a status symbol that the workout routines of presidents like Bush and Obama and CEOs like Ariana Huffington and Jeff Bezos are frequently covered by the media. We know exercise is good for us, but one of the…


For kids, going to school has never felt more uncertain than it does in fall 2021, as they enter their third school year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Will they be able to keep going to school or will their school shut down, as some already are? What if they…


If we can do math while dreaming, what other problems might we solve?

Karen Konkoly was asleep at Shangri-La, a music festival in Minnesota. She was having a beautiful dream until the sound of her boyfriend’s snoring filled their tent. But she didn’t wake up. Instead, when the snoring penetrated her sleep, Konkoly realized she was dreaming. As she recognized that the entire…


It can be hard to tell when someone is lying by their expression, but new research finds we can hear it in their voice.

The recent pandemic of misinformation has made us recognize just how important it is to know if someone is telling us the truth. Some lies in 2021 are easy to recognize, like space lasers starting wildfires in California or lizard people controlling the world. But other lies are less obvious.


New treatments for survivors of trauma are changing lives.

When Shauna Springer told me that a simple shot in the neck could bring resolution of chronic post-traumatic stress symptoms, it sounded too good to be true. Current therapies help a lot of people, but many of those with chronic PTSD spend years treated with medications and therapy and still…


Letting our thoughts drift can actually help

When the Pixies released their hit song “Where Is My Mind” in 1988, they could hardly have known what a hot research topic the wandering mind would become. Nor could they have imagined how controversial mind-wandering could be.

Cognitive scientists are currently in a debate about whether mind-wandering is good…


Coltan Scrivner is morbidly curious about morbid curiosity. He studies what makes people interested in violence and horror, trying to understand what people get from engaging in ‘recreational fear,’ by watching true crime shows or horror movies.

But when the novel coronavirus spread, he started wondering whether people who were…


The secret lies in the deep nervous system.

Teenager lying in bed

It’s a familiar visit in my pediatric office. The frustrated parent brings their child to see me because they won’t go to school. The young person, usually a pre- teen or adolescent, has been increasingly anxious about school. …


That’s how we know it’s working.

Doctors have been worried about this for a long time, and now it’s starting to happen. As the Covid-19 vaccine has started to become available beyond health care workers, people are starting to refuse to take their shot. …


It’s surprisingly old school.

Marie Banich has spent her career trying to understand how the brain works with information. She has also noticed that some of her anxious relatives have a way of getting stuck on a thought and not being able to move on from it. “People have these…

Alison Escalante MD

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