Mary Bates

  • Science Writer

Mary is a freelance science writer interested in the brains and behavior of humans and other animals. For her graduate degree in psychology, she studied the echolocation abilities of big brown bats. She has written for Psychology Today, Scientific American's Mind Matters blog, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other print and online publications.

Articles by Mary Bates

Far from science fiction, brain-machine interfaces present a glimpse of the future of technologies powered by thought.
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For most people, gambling is a recreational activity. But for a significant minority, it progresses to a serious problem.
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Pinpointing the causes of seizures in children may provide the key to treating them in the future.
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Bullying is more than a painful experience — it can have lasting repercussions on the developing brains of young people.
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Advances in spinal cord injury research offer hope for recovery.
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To fully appreciate brain function, scientists are studying what’s going on in various brain regions, and how these regions connect and communicate.
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Identifying new ways to bypass the brain's elaborate security system may one day lead to better outcomes for patients with brain tumors or other neurological disorders.
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A family of proteins determines which nerve cells thrive or die.
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Despite the swanky name, the cocktail party problem has nothing to do with martinis. It’s a term scientists use to refer to the brain’s ability to tune in to a single voice.
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A neuroscientist emphasizes the importance of a diverse workforce to tackle big questions about the mechanisms and evolution of spoken language.
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One neuroscientist describes his commitment to improving the lives of patients and increasing opportunities for women in science.
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A growing understanding of how music alters the experience of pain has led to the incorporation of musical therapy into pain rehabilitation programs.
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