Susan Perry

  • Science Writer
  • Freelance

Susan Perry is a Minnesota-based medical and science writer with a special interest in neuroscience. A former writer and editor for Time-Life Books, she has been contributing educational and other materials to the Society for Neuroscience for almost two decades.

Articles by Susan Perry

With the right manipulations, scientists use viruses to investigate and treat brain diseases.
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Neurons — the nerve cells that make up the brain and nervous system — look different from all other cells in the body. And from one another.
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It can be frustrating to be unable to recall information when you need it. But forgetting is actually a good thing.
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As many as one in three patients report feeling better after receiving a drug that has no active ingredients.
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It’s a very small worm — only one millimeter in length — with a big name: Caenorhabditis elegans. But few organisms have made as large a contribution to science.
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During development, sensory nerves form the connections between taste buds and the rest of the nervous system. Later, taste information is carried along these nerves to the brain.
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Neurons transmit signs to your brain every millisecond of every day, and facilitate almost everything you do. But what happens when this critical process goes wrong?
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We all want to age well. Exercise, eating right, and avoiding stress help maintain a healthy body as we age, but what about the brain? New research indicates these same strategies also promote brain health.
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Cells known as glia (Greek for “glue”) were long believed to provide nothing more than support to nerve cells.
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By combining brain imaging techniques with computer software that can detect brain activity, neuroscientists are getting a look into how the brain perceives, decides, and remembers. 
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The discovery of genes directly related to language offers a new way to examine speech and communication disorders.
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Decision-making is such a seamless process we’re usually unaware of it — until our choice results in unexpected consequences. Then we wonder, “Why did I choose that option?”
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