How the Brain Processes Images

No matter where we call home, where we were raised, or what we ate for breakfast, our brains process information pretty much the same as anyone else in the world.  Which makes sense—our genomes are 99.6-99.9% identical, which makes our brains nearly so. Look at a landscape or cityscape and comparable computations occur in your … Continue reading How the Brain Processes Images

Getting Past the “Shotgun” Approach to Treating Mental Illness

This article was originally published on the Scientific American website on March 10, 2016. Alexia had been in-and-out of intensive psychiatric therapy for nearly two decades by the time we met. She suffered from bipolar disorder, which meant that she cycled between explosions of boundless energy and black holes of suicidal despair. Despair brought her … Continue reading Getting Past the “Shotgun” Approach to Treating Mental Illness