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Michelle Trudeau

Michelle Trudeau began her radio career in 1981, filing stories for NPR from Beijing and Shanghai, China, where she and her husband lived for two years. She began working as a science reporter and producer for NPR's Science Desk since 1982. Trudeau's news reports and feature stories, which cover the areas of human behavior, child development, the brain sciences, and mental health, air on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Trudeau has been the recipient of more than twenty media broadcasting awards for her radio reporting, from such professional organizations as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Casey Journalism Center, the American Psychiatric Association, World Hunger, the Los Angeles Press Club, the American Psychological Association, and the National Mental Health Association.

Trudeau is a graduate of Stanford University. While at Stanford, she studied primate behavior and conducted field research with Dr. Jane Goodall at the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania. Prior to coming to NPR, Trudeau worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C.

Trudeau now lives in Southern California, the mother of twins.

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6:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Humans

Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 12:26 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

When someone does something utterly selfless, you might think, oh, they're just a generous kind of soul. But new research suggests altruism may be hardwired in the brain. Reporter Michelle Trudeau has more.

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2:32am

Mon September 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 9:55 am

Rob Donnelly for NPR

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.

"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.

It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did she do it? It involved major surgery, her donation was anonymous, and she wasn't paid.

"At that time in my life, I was 42 years old. I was single, I had no children," Stimpson says. "I loved my life, but I would often question what my purpose is."

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2:31am

Thu July 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:58 am

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

"The lion and calf shall lie down together," Woody Allen once wrote, "but the calf won't get much sleep."

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2:26am

Mon June 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:32 pm

If you've noticed that kids seem to be better at figuring out these things, you're not alone.
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Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they "totally get" apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems.

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2:39am

Mon May 5, 2014
Shots - Health News

You Had Me At Hello: The Science Behind First Impressions

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 7:08 am

Humans make split-second judgments about others based on the way they talk.
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Remember that famous line in the movie Jerry Maguire where Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise, "You had me at 'hello' "? Well it turns out there is some scientific evidence to back this up. People use voices to instantly judge people, researchers say.

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