Articles by Katie Pratt, Ph.D.

Katie recently received her Ph.D. in molecular biology at Brown University and is currently working as a freelance science writer, illustrator, and communicator, based in Providence, RI. She has been blogging for two years, both on her own website, KatiePhD.com, and around the science-web, and you can follow her on Twitter at @Katie_PhD.

Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?

  Blonde-haired women have many stereotypes to deal with. Supposedly they have more fun, less brainpower, and are the preferred object of many a man’s affections. The first two are just that, stereotypes. But the third, that gentlemen prefer blondes, may actually have some grounding in truth. For years, scientists have argued over why, in […]

How To Trick Your Brain Into Eating Less

Trick To Eating Less

    Dieting is one of those things that most of us will have to do in our lifetime. And while there are many different diets out there to try, the old adage of “calories in, calories out” (i.e. don’t eat more than your body needs) plays a pretty big part in most of them. […]

Why You Forget What You Were Doing When You Walk Into A Room

Why You Forget

  The brain is the least understood organ in the human body: Three pounds of tightly organized and highly specialized cells that guide every thought, action, and heartbeat, of your life. It is where we store memories, how we balance our checkbooks, and where we feel emotions. But every so often our brains let us […]