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Livia Blackburne
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 8/3/15
Livia's Pick: How to Extract a Confession… Ethically Livia's Pick: The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives. HT Passive Guy . Why screams are so scary. Good reminder about the dramatic effect of a scream, even if it's in print. Active Duty Army Suicide At...
Livia's Pick: How to Extract a Confession…Ethically Livia's Pick: The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives. HT Passive Guy. Why screams are so scary. Good reminder about the dramatic effect of a scream, even if it's in print. Active Duty Army Suicide Attempts Analyzed ...
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Brain Science for Writers 7/21/15
" Kapseln " by user:Würfel - Own work . Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons . Featured: The Problem of Artificial Willpower . Really interesting philosophical questions... Featured: Being A Better Online Reader Just two questions predict how ...
Featured: The Problem of Artificial Willpower. Really interesting philosophical questions... Featured: Being A Better Online Reader Just two questions predict how well a pilot will handle an emergency. I wonder how much of the self reported scores is reflective of confidence vs. actual ability.
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Brain Science for Writers 7/7/15
" Achilles by Lycomedes Louvre Ma2120 " by Jastrow (2007). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons . Top: What personality features do heroes and psychopaths have in common? Goes off in a few different directions, but raises some interesting ques...
"Achilles by Lycomedes Louvre Ma2120" by Jastrow (2007). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Top: What personality features do heroes and psychopaths have in common? Goes off in a few different directions, but raises some interesting questions. Top: How Other People Influence Our ...
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Brain Science for Writers 6/25/15
Image Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons . Top Pick: The Problem with Female Superheroes Top Pick: Why it matters that computers are now able to judge human creativity (HT Passive Guy) Manning up: men may overcompensate when their masculinit...
Image Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Top Pick: The Problem with Female Superheroes Top Pick: Why it matters that computers are now able to judge human creativity (HT Passive Guy) Manning up: men may overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened ...
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 5/31/2015
" Flooded street and vehicles " by MarkBuckawicki - Own work . Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons . Top Pick: Why it's OK to swear on social media—and other tips for tweeting disasters (Actual disasters, not social media firestorms) Top Pick: Kurt Von...
"Flooded street and vehicles" by MarkBuckawicki - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons. Top Pick: Why it's OK to swear on social media—and other tips for tweeting disasters (Actual disasters, not social media firestorms) Top Pick: Kurt Vonnegut graphed the world's most popular ...
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 5/17/15
" Boy Face from Venezuela " by The Photographer - Own work . Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons . Top Pick: Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath ? Top Pick: Young, Attractive, and Totally Not Into Having Sex How social norms come into being. Seems ...
"Boy Face from Venezuela" by The Photographer - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons. Top Pick: Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath? Top Pick: Young, Attractive, and Totally Not Into Having Sex How social norms come into being. Seems relevant for bestselling book and box office ...
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Help me solve the mystery of the noontime philanthropist. (And win an ARC)
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when I started writing Midnight Thief , my Mischievous But Secretly
Supportive Husband (MBSSH) told me, “I’m writing a book too. It’s
called Noontime Philanthropist, and I’m totally going to hit the
bestseller lists before you.” He never ended up ...
Back when I started writing Midnight Thief, my Mischievous But Secretly Supportive Husband (MBSSH) told me, “I'm writing a book too. It's called Noontime Philanthropist, and I'm totally going to hit the bestseller lists before you.” He never ended up finishing that novel, but as we get closer to ...
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Brain Science for Writers 7/14/15
" IPhone at Macworld (angled view) ". Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons .   Brain science for writers is a roundup of neuroscience and psychology articles of interest to writers. Top Pick: The Must-Have Effect : When an Upgrade is Available, Pe...
"IPhone at Macworld (angled view)". Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Brain science for writers is a roundup of neuroscience and psychology articles of interest to writers. Top Pick: The Must-Have Effect: When an Upgrade is Available, People Tend to Break What They'd Like to ...
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The Comprehensive Post of Romance Vibes and Attractive Things
Betas are asking for more romance feels in DAUGHTER OF DUSK, so today I'm analyzing these two romances I loved for inspiration. #writing #yalit I posted this instagram photo in January. Daughter of Dusk , the sequel to my first novel Midnight Thief , launch...
Daughter of Dusk, the sequel to my first novel Midnight Thief, launches in August (And you can get a free signed novella and other swag if you preorder!). So I thought I'd share some of the notes I made while revising the book. Notes from my second round of beta readers for Daughter of Dusk came ...
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Random Practical Tips for Your Debut Year
At Vromans with Susan Adrian, Mary McCoy, and Gretchen McNeil.  Thanks to Elizabeth Briggs for the Photo So I recently finished up the Pasadena Teen Blog Fest, which will probably be the last event I do to promote my debut novel Midnight Thief . The next ev...
So I recently finished up the Pasadena Teen Blog Fest, which will probably be the last event I do to promote my debut novel Midnight Thief. The next events will be to promote the sequel Daughter of Dusk, and I'll be posting info about those launch events soon.
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 5/18/15
" Hope in a Prison of Despair " by Evelyn De Morgan - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons . Top Pick: How to Help the Growing Female Prison Population Believing Beauty Is Attainable Causes Pain. Also, check out the interesting tidbits in the...
"Hope in a Prison of Despair" by Evelyn De Morgan - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Top Pick: How to Help the Growing Female Prison Population Believing Beauty Is Attainable Causes Pain. Also, check out the interesting tidbits in the "I think I can" sidebar.
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 5/3/15
Top Pick:   Han Solo Shot First . The surprising significance of past tense, present tense, and everything in between on Wikipedia After handshakes, we sniff people's scent on our hand. Kinda creepy, but cool! Harsher punishments for the obese and hippies ...
Top Pick: Han Solo Shot First. The surprising significance of past tense, present tense, and everything in between on Wikipedia After handshakes, we sniff people's scent on our hand. Kinda creepy, but cool! Harsher punishments for the obese and hippies -- particularly for purity related ...
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  • Harvard Unversity
    Research Assistant, 2004 - 2005
  • Sandia Laboratories
    Summer Intern, 1999 - 2002
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Neuroscientist, Writer
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By day I'm a neuroscience graduate student at MIT, conducting research on the neural correlates of reading. On evenings and weekends, I write fantasy stories for young adults.  I write about the intersection of psychology and writing on my blog.
Education
  • MIT
    Cognitive Neuroscience, 2005 - present
  • Albuquerque Academy
    1993 - 2000
  • Harvard University
    Biochemical Sciences, 2000 - 2004