The human brain has been called the most complex object in the known universe, and in many ways it's the final frontier of science. A hundred billion neurons, close to a quadrillion connections between them, and we don't even fully understand a single cell.

Neuroscience aims to understand how a person arises out of a clump of squishy matter. It's where psychology meets biology. And with new tools at our disposal—computer simulations, medical imaging—we double our knowledge every decade. Roll up your sleeves and poke around.

Recent posts on Neuroscience

Are Your Strengths Making You Unhappy?

When it comes to doing more of what you do best each day at work are you missing the mark? So what’s the best way to put your strengths to work?

New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

Multiple Sclerosis and the Self-Perception of Health

How people with multiple sclerosis perceive their own health and symptoms may have an impact on how much pain they feel. Learn why from MS experts at NYU Langone Health.

Sleep Strengthens Recent Learning and Negative Memories

By Lydia Denworth on November 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
What happens in the brain during sleep? Quite a lot. Machine learning and EEG are revealing how memories, especially negative ones, and learning are boosted while we're asleep.

Wean Your Kids and Yourself Off Fear

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
The obsession of iGen teens with safety is one cause of their unhealthy levels of anxiety and there's something adults can do something about.

Change Your Brain With Cognitive Therapy

Ever question the touchy-feely techniques recommended by your therapist? Here's why you should take their advice!

The Hurricane Brain of The Accidentals

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Brick by Brick
The truth is that there are no cures—they’re temporary.

Metaphoria by Design

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Architecture and interior design can use storytelling metaphors to elicit emotions and thus be transformative in relation to our own journeys.

Emotion Rules When There is Depression

Negative thinking styles have more power than positive ways of thinking when you're depressed. Try MAP or move, ask, play.

Once and for All: Aerobic Exercise Increases Brain Size

By Christopher Bergland on November 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new systematic review and meta-analysis confirms (once and for all) that aerobic exercise makes the human brain bigger.

What’s Your Ideal Wellbeing Day?

Let’s face it, the reality is most workplaces can make it hard to have your ideal day very consistently. But what if small ideal moments done often could improve your wellbeing?

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

Hope Springs Eternal

If there is one grand universal truth about true leaders, it is that even in the worst of times, leaders convey hope.

(Un)forgettable: Memory Tripping with One-Hit Wonders

A chance encounter with a forgotten song from one’s forgotten past contains three key ingredients for a positively potent—and potently positive—memory experience.
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Brain Fields, Complexity, and Consciousness

Complexity science provides a means to measure consciousness in coma and semi-conscious patients.

Understanding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 12, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
The pathology of Aaron Hernandez was just one part of the 2017 Boston University CTE Conference, which presented the latest research and our current understanding of this disorder.

A Hidden Cause of Resistant Depression

By Emily Deans M.D. on November 12, 2017 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
Patients can suffer for many years with treatment-resistant depression. In one tantalizing study, a significant percentage were helped with a single vitamin supplement.

Bekindr Kindness Study Shows We Put Ourselves Last in Line

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 11, 2017 in On Vitality
This general kindness quiz that was completed by more than 1,300 people. I would like to share with you the highlights of this study, along with a few surprises.

The Resilience Option

By Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in The Right Mindset
Are you Unable to Stop Blowing Your Top? The Resilience Option Will Curb Your Reactions

Interpersonal Rules that Undermine Your Relationships #7

By Amy Banks on November 11, 2017 in Wired For Love
In a relational world, you learn that the expectation of doing things “on your own” is stressful and when you body is stressed, your gut takes over.

Train Your Brain's Flexibility with These Seven Tips

Get your memory in shape by improving your brain's flexibility. Never again forget what you're doing with these 7 research-based tips.

Is Addiction a Disease of the Brain?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Addiction is when the primary process mind overpowers the deliberative actor mind.

Understanding Depression

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Think Well
Clinical or major depression is a potentially deadly illness that affects many millions of people at any given time. Here's how to gain a better of understanding of it.

Five Ways to Ensure Long-Term Retention of Spelling Words

Building word permanency in the brain is a gift to a child for a lifetime of reading and writing.

Phubbing-The #1 Phone Habit to Drop For Better Relationships

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Feeling It
Here's what happens to your relationships when you ignore others for your phone.

Why Is It So Hard to Change Minds?

Ever wonder how to change someone's mind about climate change or vaccines? An evidence-based technique from substance abuse treatment may be the answer.

Can You Create a Magical Workplace Culture?

Do you wish that you could change the culture of your organization? What does it really take to create a culture of motivated, high-performing employees?
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Understanding L-theanine

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Tea can deliver some real health benefits

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Self-Reg
Children are going into fight-or-flight at the mere thought of doing math. Self-regulation helps us to understand why this is happening and what we might do about it.