Alexis Wnuk

  • Science Writer/Editor
  • Society for Neuroscience

Alexis is the science writer and editor for BrainFacts.org. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with degrees in neuroscience and English.

Articles by Alexis Wnuk

Aging is inevitable — but disability and dementia are not.
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Around the world, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression.
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The introduction of the post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis in 1980 affirmed that traumatic experiences, even absent physical injury, could have enduring consequences for brain function and mental health.
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When you’re dealing with the most complex structure in the known universe, there are bound to be a few misconceptions.
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Serendipitous findings in the 1950s spawned the idea that depression was a “chemical imbalance” in the brain. But decades of research — and a radical new treatment — are upending that thinking.
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Breathing dirty air damages our health. As wildfires grow bigger and more intense and send plumes of smoke hundreds of miles away, what does that mean for our brains?
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It takes nearly three decades to build a fully-developed, adult brain. With all that effort, what’s so special about the end result?
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Almost all children reverse letters when they’re first learning to read and write. Children with dyslexia might not outgrow this behavior as quickly as their peers, but reading and writing backwards is not the basis of dyslexia.
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Diets high in fat and low in carbohydrates can reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures.
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Mark Mattson reveals the surprising brain benefits of fasting.
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Hormonal changes following delivery, coupled with the added stress of caring for an infant round-the-clock, make the postpartum a time of heightened vulnerability to depression.
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Pregnancy sculpts the brain in a way that may improve social cognition and caregiving.
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