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Book Excerpt from Swearing is Good for You

By Emma Byrne | January 24, 2018

In chapter 1, “The Bad Language Brain: Neuroscience and Swearing,” author Emma Byrne sets the scene for her book by telling the story of the hapless and potty-mouthed Phineas Gage.

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Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand

By Emma Byrne | January 1, 2018

Screaming obscenities when you stub your toe makes perfect biological sense.

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image: Book Excerpt from <em>Jane on the Brain</em>

Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By Wendy Jones | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience

By Wendy Jones | December 1, 2017

Jane Austen can teach us a lot about how our brains handle uncertainty.

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The Benefits of Trepidation

By Abigail Marsh | November 1, 2017

While wiping fear from our brains may seem attractive, the emotion is an essential part of our behavioral repertoire.

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Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna

By Britt Wray | October 1, 2017

In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.

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Bacteriophages to the Rescue

By Emily Monosson | July 17, 2017

Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.

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Book Excerpt from Natural Defense

By Emily Monosson | July 17, 2017

In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.

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image: Book Excerpt from <em>Behave</em>

Book Excerpt from Behave

By Robert Sapolsky | June 1, 2017

In the book’s introduction, author and neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky explains his fascination with the biology of violence and other dark parts of human behavior.

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The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.

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