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

How to Save the World

Could the same nightmares we fear possibly also be the soul-stimuli that we need to grow in compassion and love?

In Discussing "Youth," Jane Fonda Touches on "Superfluidity"

Jane Fonda recently described the awe-inspiring aspects of having a peak experience while discussing her upcoming movie 'Youth.'

4 Steps to Prevent a Bad Divorce

By Wendy Paris on November 24, 2015 Splitopia
While we've all heard horror stories of expensive, nasty divorces, there are steps we can take to help ensure our own break-up does not follow that model.

Will Virtual Reality Usher In A New Romantic Era At Work?

By Tim Leberecht on November 23, 2015 The Romance of Work
The advent of VR in the workplace will represent a new stage for the experience economy. HR departments must start hiring experience designers, writers, and storytellers; IT department must add some serious VR expertise; and team leaders and executives must become curators of experiences.

When is Depression Not Depression? Part 2

Being discouraged is a state that sounds like depression, but the causes are so different.

Child Rearing: Boundaries and Love

At a certain point during breastfeeding, it is natural for the baby to bite the breast. This is one of many important avenues for mother and baby to negotiate their boundaries—between self and other. All of child rearing revolves around boundaries and love.

How Does Exercise Protect Your Brain from Degeneration?

Two new studies have identified various ways that exercise protects the brain from degeneration as we age.

We Are Becoming Gods

By Mario D Garrett PhD on November 21, 2015 iAge
While we are behaving more like gods, we are learning that we are less human.

The #BrightFriday Challenge

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 21, 2015 On Vitality
Did you know that Black Friday is bad for your brain? Based on neuroscience, we've got the perfect way to turn Black Friday into Bright Friday.

Why We’re Addicted to Our Smartphones, But Not Our Tablets

As mobile technology has become integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, our smartphones are shifting from device to dependency.

Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?

Whether a parent senses screen-time is having a negative impact on a child or simply feels there's way too much of it, constantly managing electronics use can drive parents crazy. Here are three tips to help parents go from thinking "something needs to change" to taking decisive action.

What to Do if Your Kid Is a Sociopath?

Recent neuroscience suggests there might be hope.

This Is Your Brain at 100%

By Kevin Bennett on November 21, 2015 Modern Minds
Is your brain operating at only 10% capacity? Here is why the answer is a lot like Bigfoot.

Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Navigating technology with children and teenagers isn’t easy, especially when it comes to nighttime and sleep.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.

Sugar on the Brain

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 20, 2015 Minding the Body
When your blood sugar is already a little elevated, it's even harder to resist reaching for a sweet treat.

7 Ways Meditation Supercharges Your Brain

By Susan Reynolds on November 20, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
Pausing daily, or at least regularly, to meditate can have amazing benefits for your brain, from increasing brain volume, to boosting focus and supercharging neurons. Here’s the lowdown on 7 long-term brain benefits.

Gift Giving as a Remedy for the Holiday Blues

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on November 20, 2015 Grand Rounds
The winter holidays are descending and it fills many of us with dread. Want to know a secret? Giving feels better than receiving. It's not just a cliche—it's science.

Your Precuneus May Be the Root of Happiness and Satisfaction

Neuroscientists have identified a possible location of happiness and satisfaction in the human brain.

7 Chilling Facts About Your Fear of Fear

Is fear your ally or enemy? The more you understand about fear, the less scared of life you will be.

The Social Side of Touch

By Lydia Denworth on November 19, 2015 Brain Waves
What's in a mother's caress? A set of specialized nerve fibers may help to explain why holding babies builds attachment.

Why Must Childbirth Be So Challenging?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 How We Do It
Childbirth is excruciatingly painful because a baby’s relatively large head passes through a woman's narrow pelvis. A tight limit on head size explains why more brain growth occurs after birth and why babies are relative helpless for the first year. But a new view is that birth timing is constrained not by the pelvis but by an upper limit on the mother’s energy turnover.

How Your Emotions Really Work

It can be the opposite of what you think.

Hearing With Our Eyes, Seeing With Our Ears

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Talking Apes
Consciousness is a virtual reality in the head, the brain’s best guess as to what’s out there in the world.

The Clothes You Wear Can Affect a Dog's Emotional State

Data shows that if your clothing has stripes vs polka-dots or plain color, it can provoke an emotional response in dogs

Coffee Talk

Coffee: Morning savior or caffeinated devil?

Is Your Therapy Working as it Should?

Not all therapies produce the results you want. How good is yours?

Singing the Body Electric

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 Media Spotlight
A recent study by researchers suggests that transcranial direct current stimulation can be a practical way to make human operators stay vigilant in monotonous tasks such as drone operation and cyber defense. With proper safety guidelines, brain stimulation may well be used in a wide range of different applications and improve cognitive functioning.

Three Brain Doctors Expose “Untold Story” in “Concussion"

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on November 17, 2015 Brain Trauma
As audiences worldwide examine the film’s controversial CTE topic, Drs. Daniel G. Amen, Theodore Henderson and Harry Kerasidis, point to advanced treatments and tools available now to battle the brain injury epidemic.

How Depression Prepared Me For A Death In The Family

By Tom Wootton on November 17, 2015 Bipolar Advantage
If I did not understand how to function during depression or, worse yet, still clung to the notion that it is not possible, I would have been a burden to my family instead of an asset. Most people fear they will break down and become a burden on those around them or that their bipolar loved ones will break down and add to the already difficult situation.