David Dobbs, one of our favourite science writers, has written a fascinating new article on an experimental approach to treating depression and the complexities of the clinical trial process:
Why a ‘Lifesaving’ Depression Treatment Didn’t Pass Clinical Trials … but could still be a groundbreaking therapy
Plus ten more excellent articles he wrote in the past:
Restless Genes – The compulsion to see what lies beyond that far ridge or that ocean is a defining part of human identity and success.
The Science of Success – Genes that create dysfunction in unfavorable contexts can also enhance function in favorable contexts (plus The Orchid Hypothes is A-bloom – a 2013 piece that expands on the theme explored in this article).
The Social Life of Genes – Inside the new social science of genetics.
Die, Selfish Gene, Die – The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong.
Beautiful Brains – Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.
The Gregarious Brain – What a rare genetic disorder can teach us about our brains.
A Depression Switch? – On a new, experimental surgery for treatment-resistant depression that involves planting electrodes in the center of the brain.
Kill Whitey. It’s the Right Thing to Do. – The trolley problem is a staple of moral psychology studies in which you ask someone to decide under what conditions it’s morally permissible to kill one person to save others…
The Tight Collar – The science of choking under pressure .
Free Science, One Paper at a Time – Librarians at the University of California system balked when the Nature Publishing Group raised the price of the scores of journals the huge library system subscribes to over $17,000 per journal. The librarians objected that it was ludicrous for universities to fund research and then pay to read it…
My Mother’s Lover – From her deathbed, the author’s mother revealed a secret she had kept for 60 years: her true love was not his father, but a man named Angus Zahrt. On his ensuing search for the full story.
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