Summer Allen, Ph.D., is a science writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Carleton College and Brown University, Summer now writes for a variety of publications including weekly blog posts for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is also very active on twitter: follow her, or just reach out and say hello!
Stories by Summer Allen
A new book shows how we can apply advances from neuroscience to work smarter and happier.
Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.
A new study of twins explores where empathy comes from: nature or nurture?
A new study combines training, brain scans, and reports from kids to understand the impact of mindfulness on parenting tweens.
Articles: How Nature Helps Fathers NurtureBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Summer Allen | June 15, 2016
What biological forces could help explain why some fathers are more involved with children than others?
New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
Articles: How Our Brains Make Us GenerousBy Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Articles: The Sharing EffectBy Summer Allen | November 24, 2014
A new study explores why sharing emotional experiences—even negative ones—makes us feel better
A new study finds that people with diverse social roles show stronger brain responses to nonverbal signals from other people.
A new study suggests a way to help the parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
Do you see happiness as within your control to improve? A new study has linked this belief to empathy.
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