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Calli McMurray

  • Media & Science Writing Associate

Calli McMurray is the Media & Science Writing Associate at SfN. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.

Articles by Calli McMurray

When you exercise, your muscles and liver release proteins into your blood that exert powerful influence on your brain.
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Mice born without this small group of neurons don’t find touch rewarding and become more sensitive to the negative effects of stress.
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In short: we don’t think logically about most things.
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For some, the lack of fans might relieve performance anxiety or hurt motivation. But those at the top of their game likely aren’t fazed.
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Grocery stores and hospitals transformed when the pandemic hit — as did the labs researching COVID-19.
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It feels like falling asleep, but anesthesia and snoozing are completely different. Neuroscientist and anesthesiologist Emery Brown explains what makes them different.
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Test your knowledge of neurons and other cells found in the nervous system.
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A mutation in the RORB gene leads to low levels of a spinal cord protein and impedes hopping.
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Changes to cell metabolism can drive the appetite of the entire organism.
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After evolution silenced some of its genes, the Mexican cavefish lost its eyeballs.
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Stories help people connect with each other and make sense of the world.
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Their long, meandering dendrites may enable thoughtfulness and creativity.
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