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What is the secret to maintaining a youthful spirit as we age? New research suggests that sticking to a daily schedule that includes physical activity can lower subjective age.
For the first time, researchers have identified a possible link between certain mood disorders and an active virus in Purkinje neurons of the cerebellum.
Probiotic use may cause brain fogginess in some people, according to a first-of-its-kind study on the trendy food supplement.
Fragrance is an underutilized tool for shifting mindset. Encoding a smell with positive associations is an easy way to fortify the inner courage to face your fears.
For the first time, a new study has pinpointed how the brain encodes scent-based memories linked to a specific time and place from the past.
Vigorous physical activity is directly linked to successful aging, according to a recently published 10-year study.
New research suggests that one 15-minute aerobic workout can improve brain connectivity and efficiency.
After embodying a gray-haired Albert Einstein avatar, people did better on a cognitive task and showed less bias towards the elderly in a new Virtual Reality study.
New research on parrots suggests that robust connectivity between the cerebellum ("little brain") and the cerebrum facilitates complex cognitive abilities in both birds and humans.
"Find your passion" may actually be bad advice, according to a new study on growth mindset.
Twitter content reveals predictable ways that various times of day influence our modes of thinking and word choices, according to a new analysis of 800 million tweets.
How are the thoughts and feelings evoked by certain songs linked to our mirror neurons? The author of "Mirroring People" sheds light on the connection.
New research helps to explain how musical training during childhood improves language processing across a lifespan.
Gray matter brain volume in the cerebellum may be a neural marker for bipolar disorder.
"High-empathy" people—who deeply grasp the joy and pain of others—process music using different brain areas than "low-empathy" people, according to a new, first-of-its-kind study.
Facial expressions that engage muscles around the eye area known as "Duchenne markers" make someone seem more emotionally intense and sincere, according to a new study.
As an athlete turned science writer, I know first hand why the functional connectivity between the cerebellum and cerebrum is key to peak performance in both sports and academics.
State-of-the-art research on the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") could lead to more precise and individualized treatments for autism spectrum disorder.
New research helps to explain the role that serotonin plays in varying degrees of patience.
State-of-the-art research using eye-tracking technology and fMRI brain imaging provides fresh evidence that compassion is like a muscle that gets stronger with regular use.
Vagus nerve stimulation may enhance the brain's ability to rewire itself.
New research pinpoints how severe childhood abuse may alter the structure and functional connectivity of the human brain.
New brain imaging pinpoints the neural correlates of gratitude and reciprocity.
New research helps to explain why dancing is so good for your brain.
Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have pinpointed how and why practice makes perfect.
New research suggests that staying fit mean fewer "tip-of-the-tongue states," during which you are temporarily unable to recall something you know that you know.
New research suggests that early Homo sapiens may have outlasted Neanderthals, because our ancestors had more brain volume in the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain").
Homo sapiens have more robust fight-or-flight responses than most other non-human primates, according to a new study on the regulation of sympathetic nervous system activity.
A pioneering new study has identified a link between faster running and better learning.
For the first time, researchers have identified that healthy older adults can produce as many new brain cells as younger counterparts.
Christopher Bergland is a world-class endurance athlete, coach, author, and political activist.