The Mosaic Brain

November 2017

Cover Story

Featured Stories




Meet some of the people featured in the November 2017 issue of The Scientist.


To Each His Own

Every human brain is far more unique, adaptable, and vulnerable than ever suspected.

Speaking of Science


Online First

Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation

The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

Modus Operandi

The Literature


Flickers of Hope

Li-Huei Tsai began her career in cancer biology, then took a fearless leap into neuroscience, making singular breakthroughs along the way.

Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools


Reading Frames

The Benefits of Trepidation

While wiping fear from our brains may seem attractive, the emotion is an essential part of our behavioral repertoire.


The Wada Test, 1948

A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.