Understanding Hormones

Hormones are silent drivers of behavior and personality; their molecular fingerprints are on everything from attraction to appetite. New parents are slammed with hormones, as is the rookie player on a sports team. And the endocrine system is so complex that the same chemical may behave radically differently from person to person.

Recent posts on Hormones

Are You Losing More Than Weight on a High-Protein Diet?

There's a reason you begin to ravenously crave carbohydrates on the high protein diet plan. Your brain needs serotonin synthesis and carbs make that a reality.

The Dark Side of Oxytocin

Normally thought of as purely positive in its effects, oxytocin is also implicated in religion, nationalism, and xenophobia.

Coping With Hormonal Ups and Downs

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in How We Do It
Major hormonal changes across the menstrual cycle may influence a woman’s mood, well-being and performance. But apart from PMS side-effects are milder than often thought.

Finding Happiness in a Burger Joint

Can team bonding lead to better business?

When Anxious, Our Most Basic Strategy Is to Run

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on October 03, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Our most basic way of dealing with our fears and anxieties is to run away from them. But, if we always run away, we severely limit our life and our relationships.

The Secret to Outsmarting Your Acne

By Georgia Ede MD on September 30, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Learn how the foods you eat control the hormones governing your skin. Recent science reveals three powerful dietary strategies that get to the root of your acne problem.

Do My Gut Bacteria Make Me Look Fat?

Can we manipulate our gut bacteria to help shed a few pounds?

The Blank Slate Controversy

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in The Human Beast
Behaviorists used to argue that people were blank slates in the sense that almost all of our behavior was learned. Evolutionary psychologists disagree. Who is correct?

Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 3

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.
Original cartoon by Alexandra Martin, inspired by an interview retort from Sharon Stone

Intimately Connected

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Research sheds new light on biological origins of women’s sexuality.
(Image by Randi Hutter Epstein): My Sleep Deprived Twins, Joey & Martha, circa 1997

Here's What a Bad Night's Sleep Really Does to Your Brain

Did you know lack of sleep shrinks a tiny brain gland? But there is a way to reverse it.
As One Girl To Another, an educational pamphlet of girls published by Kimberly-Clark, 1940 (courtesy of Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library, Durham, NC)

Racing Hormones, or Rather Racing & Hormones

Are monthly hormonal fluctuations impacting your workout?

Turbulence Injuries: Here We Go Again

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 31, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Apparently, each time there is an incident, I am going to have to cover the same material again. So, here we go.

Testosterone Plummets With Fatherhood... Maybe

Dads beware: Does fatherhood impact your hormones?

Doomsday for Dogs? Are Declines in Fertility Due to Food?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Males of five purebred dogs are showing declines in sperm motility. Are dogs "canaries in the coal mine" indicating serious environmental effects on food and reproduction?

Attenuation of Arousal: The Linchpin of Emotional Regulation

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 10, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Stress hormones grab our attention and prepare us to run or fight, in case action is required. Thereafter, arousal needs to be sharply reduced so we can assess the situation.
Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images.

Are the Results of Animal Therapy Studies Unreliable?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Animals and Us
Most studies of oxytocin ("the love hormone") do not have enough subjects to produce valid results. Unfortunately, this is also true of animal-assisted therapy research.

Kids’ Sports as a Window Into Human Nature

The dark side of kids’ sports is as dark as human nature gets. Evolutionary psychology can explain why.

Are You Overcommitted?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on July 30, 2016 in Inner Source
Is overcommitment wearing you out and causing illness? There are steps you can take to rebalance

Hot Flashes Forever? Maybe

What's the deal with hot flashes?
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The Woman Who Changed Hormone Research

How did one scrappy, stubborn, determined woman change the landscape of hormone research?

Unmanned: An Unnatural History of Human Castration

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in How We Do It
Deliberate castration, long used to punish criminals and prisoners of war, has also yielded harem guards and has been inflicted on young boys to stop their voices from breaking.

My 3-C Strategy for Menopause

Will I have hot flashes forever?

Why Does the Brain Age? Can We Do Anything About It?

Why is brain aging so individually variable? Can we do anything to delay cognitive decline?

Making Art Can De-Stress You—Even If You're Lousy at It

Making art may lower our stress hormone levels, a new study finds—no matter what skills we bring to the table.

A Surprising Hormone Is Important for Sexuality in Women

Women are not as free from the effects of hormones as once was thought.

Assessing Risk: Why It Troubles Us, and Why We Do It Poorly

A risk may seem significant even though it has never happened. Something that has happened only once can drive us up the wall. Why?
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"I Think I'll Keep My Penis"

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 09, 2016 in On Call
Shall I keep my penis? This is only one of many difficult choices transgender people must make.

How to Make Your Workout More Effective Against Stress

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on June 07, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study suggests that mindful walking has more benefits than traditional walking. Add mindfulness to your workout routine.