Jessica P. Johnson

  • Writer/Podcaster

Jessica is a freelance science writer and podcast producer with degrees in biology, microbiology, and science journalism. Her experiences conducting habitat restoration and engineering microbial fuel cells have inspired interests in all fields of science and a desire to share science with others. She has written for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The Scientist magazine, and The Wildlife Society.

Articles by Jessica P. Johnson

If you were blind since birth and learned how to identify objects by your sense of touch, could you distinguish those objects by sight alone if your vision was suddenly restored?
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Historically associated with combat veterans, PTSD symptoms occur in people with vastly different experiences, including those whose jobs rarely take them away from a desk.
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Recalling skills often depends on returning to your state of mind — or environment — where you first learned it.
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Hearing words that evoke visions of color or seeing letters that have gender are just a few examples of experiencing synesthesia. Jessica Johnson investigates this tangling of the senses.
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Do microbes living in our gastrointestinal tracts influence the way our brains work? Hear from a scientist who has been studying this question for nearly a decade.
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Damage to certain parts of the brain can impair our ability to distinguish between related objects, like apples and oranges.
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A rare brain disorder can entirely change the way you speak.
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Cutting the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain has some surprising effects.
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Face recognition is a remarkably complex process. And for some people, telling faces apart is an almost impossible task.
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A man who could only speak a single syllable taught us all about the complicated brain functions behind language.
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Researchers learned a great deal about memory from a man who lost it.
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One woman with a rare disease taught scientists about fear, by being fearless.
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