Posts by Leslie Jellen, Ph.D.

Leslie Jellen is a research scientist and science writer who earned a PhD in Neuroscience as an NIH Ruth R Kirschstein Fellow at Penn State University. She earned her BS in Psychology, thus while she is a trained biologist, she approaches problems from a behavioral perspective. Her research centers on the genetics of brain iron regulation and how that relates to Restless Legs Syndrome. When not actively researching, she enjoys writing about all topics related to the brain.

5 Warning Signs You May Have Depression

  Almost everyone feels down from time to time, but a case of the blues that doesn’t go away might actually be a symptom of a major depressive episode. Depression is a serious condition that if left untreated can become debilitating and even life threatening. Because it’s fairly common, particularly among women, it’s important for […]

Research Shows You Can Learn While You’re Sleeping

  You spend a third of your life asleep. Wouldn’t it be great if you could put that time to use? New research suggests you can. A recent study, published in Nature Neuroscience, contains groundbreaking findings that may change the way we view our time in bed. For the first time, researchers demonstrate that you […]

Six Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety

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  Are you looking for natural ways to reduce anxiety? Well, relief may be in sight. In fact, it may be at your local grocery store. While drug treatments and therapy may be the best option in some cases, a few changes in your diet and lifestyle may also help—and with little risk of side […]

5 Brain Facts You Should Know

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  The human brain is incredible. From joy to sadness, love to hate, peace to war…whether it’s a trip to the moon or a trip to the store, the human brain makes it all possible. So how much do you know about this mass of neurons and glia? Here’s a few basic facts to get […]

Memory Loss – What Is Normal And What Is Not

  With age, you may worry that your memory is not as sharp as it once was. This may be true. But if memory loss doesn’t interfere with your ability to function independently, it can be part of the normal aging experience. On the other hand, even if it doesn’t disturb your daily life, it […]

Is Your Job Bad For Your Brain?

  The daily grind — five days out of every seven, you wake up, go to work, leave work, go to bed. Rinse and repeat. There’s no way around it–if you’re working full-time, you spend almost half your waking hours on the job. So how does this affect your brain? Research all over the world […]