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.
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.
Sunday Scaries
2 mental health practices may give the Covid-19 vaccine a boost
Sarah Sloat
Researchers say poor mental health can influence the body’s immunological response.
Get Rhythm
Fight off disease by making this one change to your nighttime routine
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In a study released Tuesday in the journal "Genome Research," scientists report circadian rhythm influences our ability to fight off diseases.
Sunday Scaries
Dry January: Science explains why giving up alcohol can improve sleep
Sarah Sloat
In a survey of 800, 71 percent slept better after participating in Dry January. Scientific studies can explain why.
Sunday Scaries
Brain study untangles the complicated relationship between fear and anxiety
Sarah Sloat
New research suggests early interventions can help prevent fear from progressing into anxiety.
Sunday scaries
Does ADHD affect sleep? Scientists explain the complicated relationship
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“Is ADHD in fact a sleep disorder?
Food for thought
4 diet tweaks could fight off cognitive decline
Sarah Sloat
A new study is good news for cheese lovers.
Sunday scaries
Manipulating the senses can improve body image — study
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Manipulating the senses could pave the way toward better body image.
Sunday Scaries
Brain implant study explains the neuroscience of patience
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Scientists find serotonin influences specific areas of the brain to promote patient behavior.
dream catcher
The benefits of coronavirus dreams, explained by 3 theories
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"Dreams play a role in virtual reality training of personal challenges."
Sunday Scaries
Is social media bad for mental health? Consider the "jingle-jangle problem"
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This form of usage "elicits positive feedback from others, social interactions, and even social support."
Mind and Body
4 ways science secretly influences Thanksgiving dinner
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Time to gobble-gobble up some facts.
Sunday Scaries
Psychologists give 4 tips for spending Thanksgiving alone — and enjoying it
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Being alone is very different from being lonely.
Eat this, not that
The optimal diet for longevity comes down to this critical factor
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When it comes to macronutrients "people need to get away from ‘unidimensional’ thinking."
Sunday Scaries
Covid-19 & mental health: These types of activities can combat lockdown fatigue
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Tasks that prompt the mental state of flow can sustain well-being, study finds.
Mind and Body
Understanding the 5 rules of recovery can help prevent relapse
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Rule #5: Don't bend the rules.
Sunday Scaries
A psychologist explains why one unexpected upside of worry is perfect for 2020
Sarah Sloat
Why a feeling with a bad reputation is actually “useful in small amounts."
Sunday Scaries
Feeling SAD? Why these foods might be the key to optimal mental health
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Plus two critical food and mental health misconceptions, explained by scientists.
The other, *other* human
Studies reveal how an ancient people profoundly influence human history
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New research reveals key details about a little-known hominin population.
A dying breed
The tombstones of 1,000 pets tell a very human story
Sarah Sloat
From Victorian burials to ashes sent to space, how we honor a pet's life reflects human ideals.