Julie Beck

Julie Beck is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Health Channel.

How Canned Baby Food Became King

American parents don't feed their children wheat gruel and beef broth anymore—food historian Amy Bentley traces the history and science of mass-produced mashed peas.

Faking It

When to be yourself, and when not to be

The Brain Makes Its Own Ghosts

In a new study, researchers were able to induce people to feel a presence behind them using a robot, which has implications for understanding schizophrenia and consciousness itself.

Training the Brain to Love Broccoli

A new study finds that behavioral intervention could help vegetables light up the neurological reward system the way a cookie does.