Essential Reads

Is "Your Relationship" Another Reason to Drink Coffee?

Our everyday experiences, like how much sleep we get and whether we drink caffeine, may affect our relationship satisfaction.

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.

Need a Midday Energy Boost? Skip the Caffeine, Take a Walk

Brief bouts of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity are more energizing than a 50 mg dose of caffeine (such as a can of soda or shot of espresso), according to a new study.

The Relationship Between Depression and Excessive Sleepiness

A recent study casts doubt on the assumed relationship.

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The Well-Being Wheel: An Experiential Activity

This blog describes an experiential activity to lead groups in rich discussions about their well-being.
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Change, Little Bit by Little Bit

Large changes start small. Sometimes they stay that way.

Having a Hard Time Sleeping? Do Nothing!

Do you toss and turn in bed? Can’t get to sleep (or go back to sleep) no matter what you do? New research suggests there may be a path forward, and it isn’t what you think…

Get Better Sleep

The National Institute of Health estimates that more than 40 million Americans have sleep disorders. Yet there are several key strategies to get better sleep.
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Is Trazodone the New Brain Wonder Drug?

Will an old, cheap drug end Alzheimer's?

How to Calm Your Restless Nights

We know sleeplessness is "all in our head," but here's how you can put your head to bed.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?

Imprinting and the Epigenetics of the Brain and Sleep

One of the best-understood epigenetic mechanisms—genomic imprinting—explains much about both sleep and the brain.
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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep deprivation has been linked to increases in depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as memory and cognitive problems.

Train Too Much and a Dog Won't Remember

Back to back training sessions involving different tasks impairs a dog's long-term memory of what he has learned

8 Easy Strategies to Combat Insomnia

There are simple things you can do, both behaviorally, and in your head, that can lead to satisfying and restful sleep.
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Are We Dreaming All the Time?

Is dreaming truly different from wakefulness?
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Does Neurocounseling Education Impact Age Differently?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that neurocounseling and bridging brain and behavior can help us live more effectively and be helpful for any age group?

The Neural Correlates of Dreaming

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Dreaming can occur in all sleep states and is associated with a particular brain region.
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Restorative Sleep Is Vital to Brain Health

Restorative sleep is vital to a healthy brain. But what if you can't sleep?

Why Parenthood Often Lowers Well-Being—Especially for Moms

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests that being a parent lowers well-being when it makes it hard to fulfill our fundamental psychological needs. There are ways to reclaim our happiness.

10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time

You may have heard that screen-time can wreak havoc on children's nervous systems. But aside from restricting technology, what can parents do to buffer against overstimulation?
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Recently, as attitudes and laws about the use of cannabis have dramatically changed, new research and new programs are clarifying its potential medical and psychotherapeutic use.

Want to Lose Weight? Go to Bed Earlier

No one likes being on a diet. How about sleeping instead? Get more sleep and leverage the easiest, most enjoyable weight loss strategy in existence.

Eat Right, Feel Right with Mental Health Nutrition

Help clients use food to improve their mood and their energy.

How Strength Training Helps Keep Anxiety at Bay

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 29, 2017 in Minding the Body
Resistance training may help you resist excessive worry and anxiety. Here's what the latest research shows.
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Endless Jet Lag

Time rules life - including what you crave.

The Making of Microdreams

By Michelle Carr on March 25, 2017 in Dream Factory
Tore Nielsen, author of the recent paper ‘Microdream neurophenomenology’ deconstructs the process by which Microdreams are formed.
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New Study Identifies "Microdreams"

By Michelle Carr on March 25, 2017 in Dream Factory
An exciting new paper published in Neuroscience of Consciousness zooms in on a new avenue for dream research: the Microdream.

Hell Yes: The 7 Best Reasons for Masturbating

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 22, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The stigma surrounding masturbation has to stop.
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Let the Kids Sleep, Part II

Why is sleep so important?

Sleep Your Way to The Top (of Your Game)

7 tips to get a great night's sleep so you can be on top of your game (regardless of what game it is).

6 Ways That Tricks for Falling Asleep Can Backfire

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Chronic sleep problems can be demoralizing. What are the potential downsides of tricks for falling asleep? And what's the best way to beat insomnia?

The Study of a 32-Year Long Dream Journal

This long series of dreams offers an amazing opportunity to observe the emotional contours of a woman's life as she makes her way through a challenging and often dangerous world.