Originally planning to work as a zoo animal behaviorist, Lauren studied psychology and zoology before completing an MA in evolutionary psychology, and then studied the neuroscience of music for a short time before the siren song of science writing called her away to MIT, where she completed her SM in Science Writing in 2012. After that she interned with the Annals of Improbable Research, where she is currently the “Master of E-Bookery.”
Her MA research was on people’s perceptions of the mental lives of animals, and her MIT thesis focused on the reemergence of medical research on psychedelic drugs. Her primary interest is in health and wellness—both physical and mental—and she’s interested in the role psychedelics might eventually play in medicine. She’s also interested in animal behavior and cognition, and ecology and conservation issues. She continues to follow psychology and neuroscience research, and is interested in the interactions of science and religion.