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From what we should eat to minimizing risks of epidemics to cutting-edge transplant methods, Health Sciences are what keep us moving forward. This is where science shines not only as a life enhancer, but also as a life saver. Many researchers studying health sciences also serve as practitioner and doctors, giving them a unique perspective that spans the lab and its implications for the people it serves.


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Brain systems for controlling food cravings

Many of us spend a great deal of time and effort managing our temptations to indulge in food we know isn’t good for us. One of the ways that we do this is by thinking differently about that food, for example, by saying to ourselves, “sure that donut looks delicious, but there must be a […]

Helping bilingual children with a language disorder learn two languages

Our recent study (Ebert, Kohnert, Pham, Rentmeester-Disher, & Payesteh) explored different ways to treat children with a language disorder who speak both Spanish and English.  We found that three different treatment approaches improved the English language skills of these children but had a smaller impact on their Spanish language skills.  We also found important connections […]

Social norms shape food preferences

For better or worse, people constantly conform to others’ attitudes and behaviors.  People drink too much, litter, and even avoid helping others if they think that’s the norm.  But can social norms impact more basic parts of our psychology?  For example, do we change how much we like foods just to fit in with the […]

Development of the brain systems for controlling food cravings

Self-control is an important skill at any age. As kids grow up, they gain increasing amounts of freedom to make their own decisions and are exposed to more tempting things. Therefore, one place where self-control is particularly useful is the ability to resist temptation for things like unhealthy foods. In our lab, we have shown […]

What about Humor in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

In 1944, Hans Asperger claimed that individuals with Asperger’s syndrome (now part of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD) do not understand jokes, cannot be cheerful in a relaxed way, and do not understand the world in a peaceful way, which may be viewed as the basis of genuine humor. Moreover, he argued, if they try to […]