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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Interview: Happening Now

for Happening Now

I appeared on a national news show to talk about the book and the cover story.
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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A Dad Takes His Son To The Doctor And Discovers Fear Of Vaccines

for NPR
Published: June 10, 2017


A father discovers an odd fear of vaccines
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The Science Behind Miracles

for Outside
Published: Jan 16, 2017


How our minds push our bodies to defy expectations, beliefs, and even our own biology—in short, to make miracles
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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?