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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD
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Dov Michaeli, M.D., Ph.D. 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 and basic science researcher at the University of California San Francisco where he also taught biochemistry to medical students. During this time he was also the Editor of Lange Medical Publications, a company that developed and produced medical texts that were widely used by health professionals around the world.

He eventually left academia 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 that developed products to improve post-surgical pain control.

He is now retired and enjoys working out, following the stock market, traveling the world, and, of course, writing for TDWI.

The Fascinating History of the Color Red

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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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Who Really is the Enemy of the People?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

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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

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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.

Random Thoughts on ‘The Theory of Everything’

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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

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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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Does Acupuncture Work? What the Evidence Shows

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Until recently, there have been very few rigorous studies, published in reputable journals, that show that acupuncture is effective at treating pain, the primary clinical indication for its use. A well-designed study on pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors in breast cancer may change that finding.
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The Roots of Inequality and What We Can Do About It

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Our genes, brain, and psychology all conspire to generate inequality in our highly developed societies. But it wasn't always so. When and why has inequality become so entrenched?
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Cooperation in the Age of the Gerrymander

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In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.