Meet the Watchdogs of Science: Ben Goldacre & Mark Henderson

Originally published in United Academics Magazine on June 1, 2012. Despite the fact that we can thank science for almost all technological advances in human history, it is often misunderstood, misrepresented and misused in the media. In 2003 British doctor Ben Goldacre started writing about this in his Bad Science column in the Guardian and … Continue Reading

Interview: What Happens in the Aging Brain?

Originally published in United Academics Magazine on April 24, 2012. Many of our cognitive abilities such as reasoning, memory and spatial visualization start to decline in our mid 20’s.Yet, it turns out that many older people are doing great. How can this be? I asked psychology professor Timothy Salthouse of the University of Virginia’s Cognitive … Continue Reading

Walking in Circles: The Psychology Of Getting Lost

Originally published in United Academics Magazine on February 8, 2012. How do people get lost and how do you find them again? Find out how our mental compass can drift and how search and rescue professionals use statistics to predict our whereabouts. People get lost all the time, be it in the mall, in a … Continue Reading

Mass Psychogenic Illness – How to Survive a Panic Epidemic

Originally published in United Academics Magazine on January 6, 2012. Also known as Mass Psychogenic Illness (MPI), mass hysteria is an underreported and contentious diagnosis that mirrors the prominent social concerns of an era. From possessed nuns in the middle ages to environmental contamination and terrorism scares today, here is a peek into our collective … Continue Reading