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Nieman Storyboard: “Scientists are quirky everywhere”

for Nieman Storyboard
Published: December 2015


Biologist-turned-journalist Erik Vance on incorporating science into narrative stories
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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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Suggestible You

for National Geographic Books

Upcoming book, due to be released in November, about the curious science of your brain's ability to deceive, transform, and heal.
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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
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Here’s What Placebos Can Heal—And What They Can’t

for National Geographic Book Talk
Published: Nov 27, 2016


The latest research in biochemistry reveals that your brain can actually self-medicate.
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An Ocean Apart

for Virginia Quarterly Review
Published: Spring 2015


Can two forces threatening the sustainability of sharks—the fishermen of Mexico and consumers in China—help the fish survive?