Ali Pattillo

Ali is a health and science reporter based in New York City. Previously, Ali covered health at CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2019 and Dartmouth College in 2017.
end game
Why the brain can overvalue a happy ending — study
Ali Pattillo
A new study shows one brain bias is screwing with decision making.
Feature
Meet the young people who may never smell again because of Covid-19
Ali Pattillo
One of the earliest and most prevalent signs of Covid-19 is the loss of taste and smell. How losing those vital senses transforms life as people know it.
longevity hacks
Science reveals the perfect time to drink coffee for a healthy metabolism
Ali Pattillo
"Knowing this can have important health benefits for us all."
Strategy
3 steps to make feedback go from painful to productive
Ali Pattillo
“Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement."
Mind and Body
Four ways nature can boost your physical health
Ali Pattillo
Spending time outside has powerful physiological benefits that last long after you're back inside.
sweat science
One factor may determine the best way to lose weight
Ali Pattillo
Fitness routines need to be tailored to you based on one key characteristic, a new study suggests.
hidden brain
2 chemicals may shape human perception more than previously thought — study
Ali Pattillo
"Dopamine and serotonin carry perceptual information at timescales never before imagined."
strategy
Effective leaders all share this "character" trait
Ali Pattillo
"Don't get confused between competence and character, because character will swallow competence every day."
cognitive architecture
One evolutionary advantage screws with food choices today
Ali Pattillo
"This memory bias may still influence how we navigate modern food settings today."
Covid-19 confusion
Coronavirus and the flu: Four factors make Covid-19 way more lethal
Ali Pattillo
"Estimates show that the mortality rate of Covid-19 is approximately 10 times higher than that of the flu."
longevity hacks
One type of exercise has 6 brain boosting effects
Ali Pattillo
"Exercise makes you happy and focused."
Rookie year
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson: How a young, Black marine biologist turned imposter syndrome into real change
Ali Pattillo
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, now an influential marine biologist, didn't always feel like she belonged.
Strategy
The truth about confidence: 4 steps to calibrate self-perception
Ali Pattillo
“To calibrate your confidence, it is enormously helpful to grow comfortable in the gray zone.”
better, faster, stronger
Why exercise is a "powerful tool" to manage mental health
Ali Pattillo
Why exercise can be a "powerful tool."
thirst trap
Scientists discover the origin of thirst in the brain
Ali Pattillo
"It’s incredible to discover new kinds of body–brain communication."
Food science
New study reveals an unintended side effect of intermittent fasting
Ali Pattillo
Researchers challenge the assumption that this popular diet regimen promotes healthy weight loss.
Strategy
How to break bad habits in 3 steps, according to science
Ali Pattillo
Instead of changing your thinking, change your environment.
heating up
Can baths improve your health? Scientists find a surprisingly positive effect
Ali Pattillo
"Aside from diet and exercise, heat therapy might be promising."
pour one out
Scientists find a troubling link between binge drinking and brain dysfunction
Ali Pattillo
Excessive alcohol can disrupt brain signaling, fueling anxiety.
shots shots shots
Flu shot season: When, where, and why to get vaccinated
Ali Pattillo
The flu vaccine is a vital tool to fight Covid-19. Here's how to prepare for the 'twindemic.'