Sarah Bates, MS, MA

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Sarah Bates is the former manager of BrainFacts.org. With master's degrees in online journalism and astronomy, she is particularly interested in articles focused on technology and the brain. She has written for Discover Magazine and The Post-Standard newspaper.

Articles by Sarah Bates, MS, MA

Vision requires teamwork. Nerve cells in the retina communicate with one another to create optimal messages to send to the brain.
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Our brains’ recognition of objects depends on their orientation. What do you see in this image?
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Humans have always struggled with addictions to mind-altering substances. Yet, only in the past few decades have neuroscientists begun to understand precisely how these substances affect the brain.
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Drug abuse and addiction disturb the brain’s natural pleasure-producing reward system, altering self-control and decision-making abilities on a cellular level.
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Learn more about brain-controlled devices, which allowed a paralyzed person to make the first kick at the Fifa 2014 World Cup.
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One in every five U.S. deaths each year is smoking-related. Yet, more than 80 percent of smokers who try to quit fail within the first year, due to their chemical dependence.
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Let your brain boogie and learn the secrets of how rhythm and motion combine in your head to make your body move.
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