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In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

for National Geographic
Published: September 2016

The ambitious Snake kings used force and diplomacy to create the most powerful alliance in their culture’s history.
The writer, Erik Vance, explores a patch of cloud forest near El Zapotal, Veracruz. (Dominic Bracco II / Prime for Biographic)

A Forest Hidden by Fog

for bioGraphic

Published: September 2016

Spellbound by an idea, a writer sets out to find the mythical cloud forest—and shines a bright light on an endangered ecosystem.
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Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

for Spectrum

Published: November 2016

People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.
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Mesmerising

for Aeon

Published: November 2016

Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems.

Surgery performed by  Dr Foote and Dr. Okun
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida

Patient Russell Price is part of the Double Blind study.

Patient: Joel Russell Price (goes by Russell)
Has had Parkinsons for 12 years. 
rprice@pricecommercial.com
850-893-8761

Michelle Koidin Jaffee
Assistant Director of Communications
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida
352.294.8352
michelle.jaffee@ufl.edu

Unlocking the Healing Power of You

for National Geographic Magazine

Published: December 2016

Science is showing that how you feel isn’t just about what you eat, or do, or think. It’s about what you believe.
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The Troubled Waters of Potosí

for Rotarian Magazine
Despite losing hundreds of feet, “the mountain that eats men,” as it became known, still looms over Potosí – which now ranks as one of the most polluted places on earth.
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Gods of Blood and Stone (Spanish version)

for Scientific American
En algún momento del siglo xiv, un mexica dirigió por primera vez sus pasos al valle de Teotihuacán.
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A Widening Gulf

for WWF Magazine
Published: Summer 2015

For fishing families along America’s Gulf Coast, illegal fishing is a reality that’s hitting very close to home.
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Great White Mystery

for National Geographic
Published: June 2016

Thanks to Jaws, they're the ocean's most iconic and feared fish. But we know surprisingly little about them.
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Excerpt: Remembering Childhood Trauma That Never Happened

for New York Magazine

Published: November 2016

New York Magazine ran an excerpt from my book, Suggestible You, introducing the concept of false memories.