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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD
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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD loves to write about the brain and human behavior as well as translate complicated basic science concepts into entertainment for the rest of us. He was a professor at the University of California San Francisco before leaving to enter the world of biotech. He served as the Chief Medical Officer of biotech companies, including Aphton Corporation. He also founded and served as the CEO of Madah Medica, an early stage biotech company developing products to improve post-surgical pain control. He is now retired and enjoys working out, following the stock market, travelling the world, and, of course, writing for TDWI.

The Fascinating History of the Color Red

The color red was most likely the first color (besides black and white) to be registered in our ancient ancestors brains.
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A Brief But Powerful History of the Color Purple

Throughout history, the rich and powerful adorned themselves with the color purple. It was difficult to make & hard to get so the elite kept it to themselves.
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Who Really is the Enemy of the People?

HIstory (from Nero on) teaches us that we should be alarmed about President Trump's escalating rhetoric about the media being the enemy of the people.
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Want to Know Why You Procrastinate?

Research on consumer behavior provides useful insights into why we procrastinate but what to do about depends on what you do with the information.
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What is the Science Behind the Spread of Fake News?

We can learn a lot from science about the spread of fake news but what can we do to stop its dissemination and repair the damage?
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Is This New Alzheimer’s Drug Really a Breakthrough?

Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug, BAN 2401, recently showed promising results but there are outstanding questions about the study design & statistical analysis.
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What Can We Learn About Fatherhood From Science?

What does biological science tell us about fatherhood? A scientist explores some scientific studies on brain and hormonal changes that have evolved to be sure we nurture our young.
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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.
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How Memories Can Be Modified and Manipulated

Our memories may not be truly our own. They're subject to social influences, some positive (they correct factual errors and omissions) and some negative (they manipulate the memory of facts to conform to the "accepted" version regardless of veracity). This is not just an exercise in theoretical psychology, it has important social implications.
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Why You Probably Don’t Need to Worry About Getting Cancer

Most people don't need to worry about getting cancer because the body has multiple robust mechanisms to protect us against that disease.

Random Thoughts on ‘The Theory of Everything’

Stephen Hawking overcame the physical affliction of his degenerative neurologic disease (ALS) with his soaring optimism going on to become one of the world's most famous theoretical physicists. Unique aspects of the human brain help explain why.
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Proven Health Benefits of Yoga

Two well-documented benefits of yoga are related to the physiological effects of deep breathing on the brain and enhanced flexibility of joints, tendons, and ligaments related to movement and stretching.
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