Category Archives: Science

Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”



From the day her daughter was born, science journalist Marta Zaraska (Washington Post, The Atlantic) fretted about her family’s health. She fasted, considered adopting the keto diet, and ran a half-marathon. She bought goji berries and chia seeds and ate organic food. But then her research brought her to a new way of understanding, one … Continue reading Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”


Henning Beck: “The brain is the last and greatest mystery in science”



Remember that time you forgot your own phone number? Or how about that time you messed up a simple math equation? In Scatterbrain, neuroscientist Henning Beck explains why perfectionism is pointless — and argues that mistakes, missteps, and flaws are the keys to success. A PhD graduate from the Graduate School of Cellular & Molecular … Continue reading Henning Beck: “The brain is the last and greatest mystery in science”


Robin Mazumder interview on Story Untold. Photo from robinmazumder.com.

Robin Mazumder: “I’m really curious about how living in a city impacts your mental health”



What if urban planners started viewing themselves as part of a community’s health care team? That’s what Robin Mazumder, a Vanier Scholar and doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, would like to see. Mazumder, a former occupational therapist, started researching the psychological impacts of urban design after working in the mental … Continue reading Robin Mazumder: “I’m really curious about how living in a city impacts your mental health”


Adrian Owen: “Her brain lit up like a Christmas tree”



What if consciousness isn’t as cut-and-dry as we imagined? That’s the question Dr. Adrian Owen and his colleagues at Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute have been asking for the past several years. For Owen, a cognitive neuroscientist from Gravesend, England — and now the author of Into the Gray Zone, an exploration into his … Continue reading Adrian Owen: “Her brain lit up like a Christmas tree”


Martha Lenio: “I wanted to see if I could hack it [living on Mars]”



Want to know what it’s like to live on Mars? Ask Martha Lenio. The Waterloo, Ont. native spent eight months simulating life on the red planet as part of a NASA HI-SEAS experiment in 2014-15. Along with seven other would-be astronauts, Lenio lived in a dome on a volcano in Hawaii, only venturing outside in … Continue reading Martha Lenio: “I wanted to see if I could hack it [living on Mars]”