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

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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By studying how baby birds learn to sing scientists hope to gain insight into the neural mechanisms by which humans learn to speak.
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Mind over matter is no longer the stuff of science fiction alone. Brain-computer interface technology now enables severely physically disabled people to independently compose and send emails.
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The ability to instinctively and immediately understand what other people are experiencing has long baffled neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers alike. Research now suggests a fascinating explanation: brain cells called mirror neurons.

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As scientists unlock more of the neurological secrets of the bilingual brain, they're learning that speaking more than one language may have cognitive benefits that extend from childhood into old age.
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Everybody gets thirsty. The urge to drink fluids is a natural instinct regulated by a negative feedback loop between the brain and other organs in the body.
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