Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds


McGill University

Iโ€™m a PhD candidate at McGill University in Montrรฉal. I study how the brain is developing during adolescence and how environmental factors, such as exposure to drugs of abuse, can impact that development. Outside of the lab you can find me at the weekly trivia night I run, or curling (!!) in the winter.

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Opening Our Minds

In the 1940s, the possibility that drugs like LSD, psilocybin and MDMA could unlock and treat complex mental health disorders seemed near, but it took decades before work resumed on the study of the psychology, neuroscience, biochemistry and impact of these drugs. Now, we've assembled a team of neuroscientists, biochemists, clinicians and behavioral scientists to help you understand what we know today about the possibilities and risks of mental health treatment with psychedelic drugs.

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That bossy GPS voice isn't actually necessary for navigating

New research suggests our brains update an internal 'cognitive map' when the environment changes

Five facts about Rita Levi-Montalcini, who figured out how neurons grow

She bested anti-Semitism and sexism to have a Nobel-winning career

Meet Mamie Phipps Clark, the social psychologist who helped outlaw segregated schools

She became the first black woman to earn a PhD in psychology from Columbia University

These researchers want to stop treating depression with trial and error

A promising startup is using deep learning to tailor treatments to patients

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5 facts about Marie Curie, chemist, physicist, and Nobel legend

She was the first woman to win one โ€“ much less two โ€“ Nobel Prizes

We're beginning to understand why spinal cord tissue is so hard to heal

A group of recent findings may eventually pave the way for better treatments

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How does the developing brain learn to perceive the world before it can see it?

Our eyes work when we're born, even though they've never been exposed to light

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