Highlights from the 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games

This past weekend, my teammates and I competed amongst the fittest in the world in front of 10,000+ people. From meeting people all over the world, to tackling tasks and objects that we had never seen before, to reveling in the post-games festivities, it truly felt like I was an Olympic athlete or close to […]

Did A Lack of REM Sleep Kill Michael Jackson?

The sleep community has finally gotten deserving press that may also provide some solace for MJ fans. This week, Dr. Chuck Czeisler–one of the world’s experts on basic and clinical sleep research–served as an expert witness in the involuntary manslaughter trial against MJ’s doctor, Conrad Murray. According to medical records, Murray had given MJ routine […]

APSS Archives

Every June since I began research as a junior in college, I have been away for conferences. This year is no different except for that the one conference that I am attending (Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology) is right here in Atlanta. Sadly, this is the first time in my research career that I was unable […]

We did it! 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games Here We Come!

This weekend was physiologically stressful and exciting. Not only did we ‘vacation’ in Palm Beach, Florida, having stayed in a tropical mansion three blocks from a pristine beach, but we qualified for the 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games to be held July 28-30th at the Home Depot Center (and home of the LA Galaxy). It wasn’t […]

Regionals are Here!

We’ve been training for this for a little over a year (the prospect of re-qualifying for Regionals), and it’s finally here. At the end of this week, I will be travelling to West Palm Beach, Florida to attempt to qualify for the 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games…if we finish in the top three. We are ranked […]

Regionals, Here We Come!

This weekend, my teammates and I finished our 5 weeks of worldwide (crossfit) competition; every Wednesday evening, a workout was released and we had until Sunday evening to complete it as many times as we chose. Most of us did it once although I chose to re-do the third one because I had complete muscle […]

Neural Control of Snacking (in a Rat!)

In grad school, I often felt guilty whenever I gave some hamsters a “last meal” prior to sacrifice; usually some rodent-friendly yogurt-coated treat from PetSmart. Well, last week I learned about specific brain sites that are activated following snacking on potato chips…..in rats!!! I’m still scratching my head as to how this protocol passed the […]

My Life and Neuroscience (in Blog Form) for 2012

This is my fourth year as a blogger.  And I still love it. While some of my friends’ blogging enthusiasms have declined (yes, Montegraphia..this means YOU!!!), I have continued to increase the frequency of posting with each new year. The year began with some exciting, personal news. Montegraphia and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve/Day […]

The Holy Grail for Publishing in High-Impact Journals

In a recent issue of Science, a group of sociologists tried to unmask the frustrating process of getting published in high-impact journals, particularly the big three: Science, Nature, and Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences. After some intensive analyses, it was found that the papers in high-impact journals that receive the greatest numbers of […]

Are Crossfitters Truly the Fittest in the World?

Yesterday, I saw this post shared on my friend’s facebook page. And while I am not a regular user of Twitter, conversation about this post saturated my Twitter feed when I logged on this morning. Further, it seems as though the blog of this post (A Fitness Critic) was created solely to host this “op-ed” […]

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