Essential Reads

The Power of Mindset Science for Pain Relief and Health

By Beth Darnall PhD on January 19, 2018 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Psychological factors influence the experience of pain, how well treatments work, and whether pain resolves. Mindset science for pain relief is key to recovery and well-being.

Do Dreams Really Mean Anything?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Supersurvivors
To understand dreams, we must interpret them, as if they were written in secret code. But what if there’s no code and we’ve been reading into a bunch of meaningless images?

Why Are You Always Thinking About Yourself?

Narcissism ranges from healthy to unhealthy, but is core to who we are. Research reveals brain mechanisms which default to self-reflection when we aren't doing anything else.

Problem Solving Buffers the Brain Against Anxiety

By David DiSalvo on January 17, 2018 in Neuronarrative
When it comes to managing anxiety, science just lent more credibility to the advice to “stay busy.”

More Posts on Neuroscience

Love vs. Habit

Why do so many smart and creative people make the same mistakes over and over?

Excess Dietary Salt Can Impair Cognition via Gut-Brain Axis

By Christopher Bergland on January 19, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Consuming too much salt can promote cognitive dysfunction via the gut-brain axis, according to a new study on mice.

Can Food Supplements Protect the Minds of Aging Dogs?

Old dogs can have a version of Alzheimer's disease and data suggests that this might be prevented by changing what they eat

Parkinson's Takes its Toll on Family Caregivers

Balancing caregiving with other responsibilities is challenging for many.

Happines Comes From Within

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Brain Chemistry
Serotonin, the brain chemical that is involved in "happiness," also influences our decision-making and our behavior toward others.

People Patterns

The message here is to pay attention to what the brain is trying to tell you.

Teens and Dangerous Levels of Cell Phone Use

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Nurturing Resilience
If we’re going to prevent children putting themselves at risk for mental disorders, parents and communities are going to have to impose some rules and take a lesson from Iceland.

3 Tips to Reduce Stress for Better Brain Health

Learn 3 simple strategies to feel less stressed and maximize memory

#MeToo—Changing Brains, Relationships and Power Dynamics

By Amy Banks on January 15, 2018 in Wired For Love
Neuroscience has something to add to the #MeToo movement.

What's In Your Mind?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in Your Wise Brain
Believe in realistic thinking. Life is often hard but try to focus on the good facts in life. Let them become good experiences and let them really sink in.

Brain Networks in TMS for Combined PTSD and Major Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for people with both PTSD and depression. New TMS research gives insight into how to refine existing approaches.

Anxiety, Depression, and Other “Gifts” You May Have

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on January 14, 2018 in Rethinking Normal
Don’t blame your mother. It’s not her fault, or yours.

Brain Signatures of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Is OCD "just anxiety" or are there biological differences in those with OCD?

Does Getting Older Mean Losing Your Sense of Humor?

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on January 12, 2018 in What’s So Funny?
Getting older doesn't mean losing your sense of humor. So long as you work on it.

Rape Victims' Reactions Misunderstood by Law Enforcement

Most rape victims suffer secondary victimization by the justice system.

Are You Tougher Than You Think?

Unfortunately, life can sometimes take a turn for the worse. How confident are you to navigate your way through these kinds of challenges?

You Are Going to Fall in Love With This Person—Really?

By Kevin Bennett on January 10, 2018 in Modern Minds
Will you fall in love with your total opposite? Are cult members dumb, gullible sheep? Answers to these questions and eight other surprises from psychological science.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Depressed Mood

Are you searching for information about transcranial direct current stimulation for depressed mood? Large sham-controlled studies are needed to confirm antidepressant benefits.

Can Dogs Suffer From ADHD?

Dogs and human children share a number of mental characteristics and predispositions including the possibility of ADHD.

Sharpen Your Mind With the MIND Diet

Decrease brain aging and the risk of Alzheimer's with the MIND Diet
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Fear-Driven Learning Circuit

Informing efforts to develop more effective PTSD treatments.

Never in Vain

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 06, 2018 in Bear in Mind
One man's work from the ground up helps to unchain elephant minds and bodies.

Putting the Antic in Anticipation

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Play in Mind
To anticipate being at play is already to be in play.

Does Jeff Sessions Hate Laughter?

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in What’s So Funny?
Could the government hate cannabis because it makes you laugh?

Learning from the Amazing Memory Man

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Media Spotlight
Is being able to remember virtually anything you ever learned necessarily a good thing? A new case study explores the mysteries behind a man with an exceptional memory.

Deep Brain Stimulation Without Surgery

A technique to selectively stimulate specific brain regions without the need for surgery has been developed recently. Such technology has tremendous therapeutic potential.

Is the US Becoming More Obese Because of Medication?

Excluding carbohydrate is disastrous for your serotonin levels.

How to Be Happy: 23 Ways to Be Happier

The complete guide to boosting happiness in 2018, according to science.

Boost Your Brain in 2018, Week 1 Kickoff!

Kick off 2018 with a science-backed Brain Boosting Plan!

Brief Bouts of Exercise Can Spark Big Bursts of Brain Power

By Christopher Bergland on January 01, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Are you too busy to squeeze long workouts into your schedule? Good news: Just 10 minutes of aerobic exercise is enough to boost brain power, according to the latest neuroscience.