Debra Speert, PhD

Debra is the former director of public information and outreach at the Society for Neuroscience and oversaw content production for BrainFacts.org. While completing a PhD and postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience, she discovered a knack for explaining tough scientific concepts to general audiences.

Articles by Debra Speert, PhD

Now you see it, now you don’t. Tricks and illusions are not just for magicians. Brain researchers use these tools to learn about sensory perception.
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How do we learn? How do we recall something that happened many years ago? Over the years, neuroscience researchers have risen to the fundamental challenge posed by these questions.
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Alzheimer's is a significant problem across the globe, and as populations grow and life expectancies rise, the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may skyrocket.
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2016 Kavli Prize winner and SfN Past President Eve Marder studies the rhythmic firing of nerve cells in crustaceans to uncover the mechanisms of our own rhythms in dance, thought, and sleep.
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Until now, there have been few treatment options to combat PTSD. However, new basic science and clinical research on the biological basis of fear suggests promising new therapeutic avenues.
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Neuroscientists are diligently working to create detailed maps of the major routes — or neural circuits — in the brain.
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An unexpected finding decades ago has helped create one of the first success stories for gene therapy and hope for vision restoration in people.
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Simple curiosity about the sting of a scorpion or the toxicity of food poisoning has yielded unexpected results — novel research tools and drug targets.
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Like detailed driving maps produced from satellite images, the latest maps of the brain allow scientists to explore the nervous system in new ways.
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According to environmental scientists, the climate is changing due to the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Research shows environmental change can affect the brain and behavior.
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Lethal glioma tumors are one of the most devastating diseases because they are so difficult to treat, much less cure. But now scientists are on track to find potential treatments.
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