Sarah Sloat

Sarah is a writer based in Brooklyn. She has previously written for The New Republic, Pacific Standard, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She likes cheese especially when paired with a full-bodied joke.
Sunday Scaries
Magic mushroom therapy: Is the drug better than antidepressants?
Sarah Sloat
“Psilocybin therapy didn’t just decrease depressive symptoms.”
Sunday Scaries
Bored and can’t sleep? A new study gives 2 helpful tips
Sarah Sloat
Scientists find an association between boredom and poor sleep quality.
Ancient history
Sex between humans and Neanderthals was way more common than realized
Sarah Sloat
“For a very long time, it has been intensively debated on how these processes exactly occurred."
Sunday Scaries
Gut health and mental health: Microbiome study reveals a landmark finding
Sarah Sloat
New research takes the concept of a "gut feeling" to a whole other level.
Sunday Scaries
Fidgeters, rejoice: Why the vice is actually good for the brain
Sarah Sloat
One unpopular vice is actually helpful for concentration, scientists say.
One year later
Use these 2020 coping mechanisms to survive the coming "echo pandemic"
Sarah Sloat
Just know that “it’s possible that life will never fully return to normal.”
Sunday Scaries
Daylight saving time 2021: Why mood is shifted with the Sun
Sarah Sloat
Scientists examine the effect of daylength on the brain’s opioid system.
Sunday Scaries
Morning depression: Causes, treatments, and who can benefit the most
Sarah Sloat
“The beauty of this is everybody can do it."
TTYL
How to end a conversation: 2 science-backed methods
Sarah Sloat
"Most conversations appear to end when no one wants them to."
Sunday Scaries
Zoom fatigue causes: 1 easy solution according to a Stanford professor
Sarah Sloat
The four factors that cause Zoom fatigue — and what you can do to recover.
Sunday Scaries
A TikTok famous burnout coach reveals 1 essential strategy for recovery
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"Tiny betrayals of purpose" eventually lead to burnout.
Snapshot
Photo reveals first image of Martian surface shot by NASA Perseverance Rover
Sarah Sloat
Perseverance just landed on the Red Planet.
Sunday Scaries
Why psychedelics are a more ‘compassionate’ way to treat trauma
Sarah Sloat
Dr. Elizabeth Nielson is a psychologist and researcher. She’s a therapist on FDA-approved clinical trials of psilocybin and MDMA-assisted treatments.
Coronavirus
Covid-19 event risk assessment: Coronavirus experts give health guidance
Sarah Sloat
Public health experts and epidemiologists have advice for navigating coronavirus in 2021. Read on for evaluating risk before vaccination, and after vaccination.
NOVA1
Neanderthal brain organoids reveal what makes us human
Sarah Sloat
A new study details brain organoids grown with the Neanderthal variant of NOVA1, a gene that influences neurodevelopment and function.
Sunday Scaries
Breakup science: What happens to the brain when relationships end
Sarah Sloat
When it comes to breaking up, scientists say "nature overdid it."
Mind and Body
Outcomes of a lifesaving procedure reveal systemic racism
Sarah Sloat
Racism causes significant health care disparities, a new study examining young, Black patients finds.
Love bytes
Reddit study reveals how many months it takes to get over a breakup
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Impending breakups can be identified up to three months before they actually occur
Sunday Scaries
Polarization study points to the 1 technique to use in a political debate
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What drives misinformation is also a powerful political tool.
Blotter blog
LSD and the brain: Why the psychedelic changes social behavior
Sarah Sloat
A new study identifies three features of the brain’s medial prefrontal cortex responsible for LSD’s influence on social behavior.