Wednesday, July 6, 2011

You Write Too Long: This Week's Feature, Bite-Sized*

By Ellen Cushing
Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Okay, so it's not exactly light reading, but this week's cover story, by Rachel Gross, is a fascinating look at the intersection between the brain and behavior; at the ways in which seemingly unrelated self-destructive habits can compound each other; and at evidence that sheds new light on the science behind impulse control. Meet Jacky, a Cal student whose twin struggles — first, with bulimia, and later, with shoplifting — illustrate recent findings about how, as young women with bulimia age, destructive impulses within the brain grow stronger to the point where they may become insurmountable. Her story is, yes, intense, but it'll also make you rethink your beliefs about eating disorders, brain chemistry, and the extent to which we're controlled by biology. Read it all here.

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*apologies for the vaguely awkward choice of words?!

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