Articles

A selection of recent articles (and a few old favorites) are posted here. Additional writing samples are available upon request.

 

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Policing in Black & White
Police departments are eager for ways to reduce racial disparities—and psychological research is beginning to find answers.

Inequality at School
What’s behind the racial disparity in our education system?

Mistaken Identity
Is eyewitness identification more reliable than we think?

Marijuana and the Developing Brain
More states are legalizing marijuana, but concerns remain about the long-term effects on the developing brain.

Born Bashful
Psychologists have new insights into the causes and effects of childhood shyness.

 


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Inflammatory Evidence 
Inflammation is an underlying cause of many cancers — and prostate cancer might turn out to be one of their number.


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The Girl Who Smelled Pink
A mother wonders if we are all born with synesthesia.

To be More Creative, Cheer Up
The way to tap your inner Hemingway is not how you think.

Can You Die From a Broken Heart?
What happens to our bodies when the bonds of love are breached.


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Infant Recall
Babies absorb information like a sponge. So why do we struggle to recall our first few years?

Naked and Ugly
The naked mole rat lives for ages, shrugs off chemical stings and never gets cancer.

From God to Gobbler
Revered by Aztecs, devoured by millions: today’s titanic turkey is a very different bird to its flighty ancestors.


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Animal Tracks
Scientists are turning to new technologies to better understand animal migrations and protect critical habitats.

Counting Red Knots
Keeping tabs on a threatened bird

 


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Pushing Flavors to New Frontiers
FutureFood2050
Flavor maven Marie Wright seeks a future where healthy foods taste even better, thanks to good chemistry.

Fighting Disease with Food
Functional foods may one day be an important weapon for helping to prevent illnesses.
FutureFood2050

Putting Food Allergens to the Test
Veteran food scientist Steve L. Taylor is leading cutting-edge research efforts that could dramatically reduce severe food allergy reactions.
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