Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D.
Whether you’re a card shark or prefer the slots, make sure you’ve got a healthy heart before you sit down to play.
Every summer, we hear news stories about kids drowning days after being in the pool. What, exactly, is "dry" or "delayed" drowning?
Text of speech given at Penn State College of Medicine's 2017 Commencement.
Many of us require a cup of coffee (or five) every morning. Why do we become dependent on caffeine? And is it possible to wean off and get back to "normal"?
EpiPen has been in the news in recent months for its soaring prices. But how do they work, exactly?
Why does milk soothe the savage serrano (and water doesn't)? Here's the science behind why a glass of cold milk eases the pain of spicy foods.
There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine preservative thimerosal is dangerous, nor that young children's bodies "can't handle" current recommended immunization schedules.
What exactly are migraines, and how are they different from headaches?
New research shows that the microbiome plays a huge role in our behavior. Can changing our diet become a new health treatment?
What explains the swimmer's snarling face toward Chad le Clos before Monday's 200m butterfly?
Here are 3 reasons why some of us get angry when we're hungry ("hangry").
Part 2 of a two-part series on the crazy neuroscience of pregnancy. What causes clumsiness, food cravings, and moodiness?
I have a big test tomorrow. Should I stay up late and study, or just let myself sleep?
Does “pregnancy brain” actually exist? There’s no doubt that many changes are happening to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but how do these changes affect the brain?
What is déjà vu? Why do some people get it all the time, and some people never do?
Why do we get so obsessed with pumpkin spice everything this time of year? Here's the psychology behind the craze.
Why are the pedestrians interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Lie Witness News" segment so easily fooled? Actually, many methods of persuasion are at work here.
What happens to the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary when they're sent to the SHU? Not much; that's why it's so terrible.
Can orange-tinted glasses improve sleep quality by blocking out blue light? I did an experiment.
There's a neurological explanation behind why Hodor only says one word: expressive aphasia.
How does the brain's wiring affect men and women's perception of color?
If Frank Underwood has trouble sleeping, it's not because of his conscience. Here's why the House of Cards characters have terrible sleep hygiene.
Did you decide to give up sweets for Lent? Here's what your brain will experience over the next 40 days.
At any given moment, we are constantly bombarded by signals from at least four of the five senses. With this onslaught of input, how do we manage to not go completely insane?
While many of us are familiar with SAD, there are, in fact, people who get SAD in reverse.
The legalities of the claim that the NFL got their players addicted to painkillers will likely be argued for a long time.
Why do smells sometimes conjure such vivid memories and emotions? The answer may come down to our brain's anatomy.
Many of us would like to believe that our decision-making is based in logic and objectivity. However, our preferences are not always based on inherent qualities.
Was the man sad when he bought "Christmas Shoes" for the boy's mother? If so, he may have spent more for them.
This is how a lifetime of poor health can be deadly when faced with acute stress, whether it be a $5,000 win or $5,000 loss.
Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D., is a science communicator and postdoctoral researcher at Penn State College of Medicine.