Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Is it Alzheimer’s or isn’t it?

Scientific meetings are often opportunities for researchers to exchange ideas and present to each other what they have just discovered or have begun to study but have not yet made public. That’s why a recent meeting on Alzheimer’s disease was so extraordinary. Two private institutions, the international Alzheimer’s Association and Hong Kong’s Croucher Foundation, brought […]

Weed does harm, too

Magazines keep rehashing articles about marijuana, always with a defensive tone, ignoring the ever-increasing evidence: “marijuana is not bad for you”. The worst thing is that more and more young people believe this. But I’m hopeful that this time things will change. Firstly, because a study of Dutch users showed that heavy marijuana consumption is […]

Stream of thought

I catch the subway at Penn Station, NY, to visit a neuroscientist friend before heading back home to Brazil, my hands occupied trying to keep the suitcases upright, my head distracted, floating from one loose thought to the next – when I notice the dark blue tiles on the wall of a station: 59th street. […]

Neuroscientist on the dance floor!

This business of being a columnist is great for many reasons, but I like one in particular: having to write articles every two weeks is the perfect excuse to embark on research that runs parallel to the usual neuroscience subjects in the lab. And so I found myself taking lessons in… ballroom dancing. Neuroscientifically, of […]

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