Cerebrum Spring 2020


Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D. Decoding the Canine Mind Page 10

Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D., is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy and Facility for Education & Research in Neuroscience. He is also a professor in the psychology department and a founding member of the Society for Neuroeconomics. His has penned two books about canine cognition, What It’s Like to Be a Dog (Basic Books, 2017), and How Dogs Love Us (New Harvest, 2013), a New York Times bestseller. Berns specializes in the use of brain imaging technologies to understand human and canine motivation and decision-making. He is the co-founder of Dog Star Technologies, a company using neuroscience to enhance the dog-human partnership. Lee Alan Dugatkin, Ph.D., is a professor of biology and a College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Scholar at the University of Louisville. He has studied the evolution of cooperation, the evolution of aggression, the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution, the evolution of antibiotic resistance, the evolution of senescence, and the evolution of risk-taking. He has been a contributing author to Slate Magazine , Scientific American , and The New Scientist , and author of The Altruism Equation (Princeton University Press, 2006), Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose (The University of Chicago Press, 2009) and co-author, with Lyudmila Trut, of How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog (The University of Chicago Press, 2017). Carl Sherman has written about neuroscience for the Dana Foundation for ten years. His articles on science, medicine, health, and mental health have appeared in national magazines including Psychology Today , Self , Playboy , and Us . He has been a columnist for GQ and Clinical Psychiatry News , and is the author of four books. He holds a doctorate in English literature and has taught at various universities. When not writing about the mind, the brain, and the interesting things people do with them, he enjoys travel, listening to music, looking at art, and copyediting. He lives and works in New York City. Brenda Patoine is a freelance science writer, reporter, and blogger who has been covering neuroscience research for more than 30 years. Her specialty is translating complex scientific findings into writings for the general public that address the question of “what does this mean to me?” She has interviewed hundreds of leading neuroscientists over three decades, including six Nobel Laureates. She founded ScienceWRITE Medical Communications in 1989 and holds a degree in journalism from St. Michael’s College. Other areas of interest are holistic wellness, science and spirituality, and bhakti yoga. Brenda lives in Burlington, V.T., with her cat Shakti.

Lee Alan Dugatkin, Ph.D. Jump-Starting Evolution Page 16

Carl Sherman Neurosteroids: A Major Step Forward Page 22

Brenda Patoine Tracking the Neural Footprints of Consciousness Page 26



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