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Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
The Iron Lady short take

Review: The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep's two films with Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia and this silly biopic, demonstrate that even when the world's greatest actress is at the peak of her powers — whether dramatic, comic, or musical — it's not enough.
Streep's not enough to save this one
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 13, 2012

Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
By AMY FINCH  |  October 22, 2010

Plaques and Entanglements

I’m 25 years old and working overseas for a small human rights agency ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 02, 2010

Strange fruit

Consider the banana: that ambassador of potassium, patron saint of portable snacks, fundamental unit of slapstick, euphemiser of dementia.
Peter Chapman examines the rise of the banana
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 04, 2008

Rise of psychosurgery

This article originally appeared in the March 11, 1972 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The new lobotomists
By STEVEN D'ARAZIEN  |  April 09, 2007


Are you too old for school?

For anyone over 25 planning to go back to school, there is no shortage of things to worry about. Changing concentrations: As the world shrinks, schools expand their majors and programs. By Seetha Narayan
Even at age 30, your brain is different from the average student’s
By SAMANTHA HENIG  |  January 24, 2007