Essential Reads

Can Our Anger Be Explained by Global Brain Vulnerabilities?

Is it possible that that our angry world reflects changing anger thresholds in our brains?

How Good is Your Psychiatrist? Finding Roses Among Thorns

By Georgia Ede MD on June 24, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Unhappy with your current psychiatrist? Can't find a psychiatrist? You're not alone—here are some insights and tips that can help.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

Why Do We Ask Why?

By Mario Livio Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Why?
Curiosity fuels brain growth, and brain growth drives curiosity. And you wouldn't be so curious if your ancestors hadn't learned to cook.

More Posts on Neuroscience

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

A new study reports that the mere sight of one's own smartphone—even if the phone is turned off and face down—can create "brain drain" by depleting finite cognitive resources.

Resilience — A Sustaining Gift for Your Children

Resilience in learning, as in life, provides the capacity to persevere through setbacks, take on challenges, and even risk making mistakes on route to reaching goal achievement.

Decoding the Complex Brain Mechanics of Altruism and Empathy

A new study by a team of neuroscientists from Duke and Stanford University debunks the myth that a singular brain region is responsible for making decisions that affect others.

Imagine Falling Back in Time 600 Years — And Liking It

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Creating in Flow
When a good writer creates a believable world on the page, it doesn't matter where you go in time, you'll want to keep turning pages.

Lawsuit Filed Over Brain-Eating Ameoba Death

Teen's death blamed on U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Why Flowers Make Us Happy

Flowers trigger the dopamine of excitement and the oxytocin of social trust. A wildflower hike triggers all the happy brain chemicals at once!

Must We Delay Gratification? Maybe Not

By Lydia Denworth on June 21, 2017 in Brain Waves
Intuition tells us to work first so we'll enjoy playing more later. But new research says we don't have to wait to savor some fun and give ourselves a break.

The Full Moon Effect Takes Another Hit

Additional evidence that the full moon does not influence criminal behavior.

Learning Stuff While Missing the Point

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Memory Medic
The best way to remember factoids is the thinking required to understand them.

Are You Setting the Right Goals?

Do you struggle setting or sticking with your goals? It turns out you’re not alone. So where are we going wrong?

Is Your Mind Wandering?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Controlling your attention, by pulling it away from what's bothersome or pointless (such as mental grumbling or self-criticism) is the foundation for changing your brain.

The Anxiety Epidemic

Our smartphones may be a major cause.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

By Ray Williams on June 16, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything we've experienced before.

Thoughts in the Brain, Awake and Asleep

By Michelle Carr on June 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
A recent study suggests thoughts share a certain neural substrate across different states of wake and sleep, although the content of these thoughts changes during sleep.

How Our Bodies Age (Part 3)

What changes in our nervous system can we expect as we age? And what are the implications?

Three Habits Calm People Never Practice

Are you sick and tired of feeling stressed? Research explains the link between unhealthy mental habits and anxiety. Learn what to do instead.

Is It ADHD or a Thyroid Disorder?

Do you have ADHD or a thyroid disorder? Symptoms can be very similar. There's also a chance that you can have ADHD and thyroid issues at the same time.

Does White Noise Help You Learn?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
How do you promote focus in an environment of distractions?

Is Mindfulness as Easy as Mindlessness?

Do you feel that you go through most of your days on auto-pilot? What if being more mindful as you move through your day, could actually be just as easy as being mindless?
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Building Resilient Organisations One Brain at a Time, Part 1

Want to build a resilient organisation? A few steps focused on the individual can make a huge difference.

"Little Brain" Plays Surprisingly Big Role in Mental Health

First-of-its-kind research has discovered that the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") plays a significant—and previously unrecognized—role in a wide range of mental disorders.

How the Brain Determines Sexuality

It has been known for a long time that early exposure to testosterone has a powerful influence on later sexuality. Now we are beginning to understand how this might come about.

The Mind of God

"The Mind of God" is an elegant and wise book that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions.
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Does the Brain Create the Mind? Speculation on Consciousness

What can science tell us about the hard problem, finding the origins of consciousness?

Riding the Next Wave of Human Evolution

With their deep comfort with uncertainty and technology, coupled with their hardwired sense of inclusion, Millennials are blazing the trail by transforming workplaces.

Protecting Brain Injured Patients in Legal Proceedings

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The New Normal
Protective orders can protect people who have compromised cognitive functioning.

First Sight:a Theory for Right Place Right Time Coincidences

Somehow we show up in the right place at the right time, seemingly guided by information from outside of us. Psychologist Jim Carpenter has an explanation.

Why You Don’t Have to Wait to Find Your Purpose

Are you waiting to be struck by a sense of purpose when it comes to your career? What if there was a way to start being true to your purpose right now?
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What Is a Psychopath?

By William Hirstein Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Mindmelding
The neuroscience of psychopathy has made great strides in the past fifteen years in understanding how their brains differ from those of normal people.

Is Your Company’s Diversity Training Making You More Biased?

By David Rock on June 07, 2017 in Your Brain at Work
Corporate inclusion programs often create an "us versus them" mindset. But establishing shared goals can help get teams on track.