Heather Stradling

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This scientist scanned his brain 2X a week for 18 months

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a year and a half, Russell Poldrack started off his day by climbing into an MRI machine and scanning his brain …

What good is thinking about death?

In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into …

Psychosomatic disorders: When illness really is all in the mind

A man loses the power of his legs but tests suggest he is perfectly fit. Could he be imagining it? In this extract from her new book, the neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan lifts the lid on psychosomatic illness<p>I qualified as a doctor in 1991. I knew from an early stage in my training that I wanted to …

Brain Boost: Mediterranean Diet May Fend Off Memory Loss

If you've ever walked out of the house without your phone and wallet — as I did yesterday — you might have wondered: Am I starting to lose it?<p>Even if you're too young for any real concern about dementia, this kind of precursor to a "senior moment" can be rattling.<p>But a new study suggests we're not …

Holistic Medicine

It's easy to make your brain think it's in someone else's body

Some scientists just can't stop threatening people with knives and rubber mallets. But it's not out of sadism (we hope). Fear can be a vivid indicator of who, or rather where, you think you are.<p>A team of researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet has been investigating how our brains orient us …