Expressive Writing Liberates the Mind from Chronic Worrying

Taking a few minutes to jot down your innermost thoughts and feelings can offload chronic worries and makes your brain more efficient, according to a new study.

Oxytocin Ain't Behavin' How Scientists Thought It Would

Contrary to popular belief, oxytocin (which is often called "the love hormone") also has a dark side that intensifies feelings of social defeat and fuels anxiety-driven behavior.

CBT Increases Cerebellum Connectivity to Other Brain Regions

A new UCLA study offers fresh insights into a previously underestimated link between the cerebellum, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning

A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.

Right Brain and Left Brain Share Duties On "As Needed" Basis

Growing evidence debunks the myth of creativity being seated in the "right brain." A new Duke study illuminates how the left brain and right brain can share duties when necessary.

Non-invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Relieve Migraines

In 2002, doctors first noticed that implanted vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) devices relieved migraines. Now, a new handheld VNS device shows promise for headache sufferers.

48 Minutes of Exercise (Per Week!) Has Surprising Benefits

If long workouts aren't for you, there is some good news: A growing body of evidence shows that small doses of physical activity can reap significant benefits as you get older.

Once You've Survived: This Is What It Takes to Thrive Again

Hurricane Irma forged a life-threatened path of destruction that put millions in survival mode. New research on thriving offers fresh clues on bouncing back.

Can't Do It Perfectly? Just Do It, Badly!

Most of us have a fear of failure. New research suggests that lowering expectations and vowing to "Just Do It, Badly" is a motto that can help you overcome performance anxiety.

One Surefire Way to Release Endorphins Into Your Brain

Researchers in Finland have identified a reliable way to trigger the release of endorphins in the human brain.

Dogs Keep Their Owners Happy and Healthy in Symbiotic Ways

What motivates dog owners to stick with habitual walking routines come rain or shine? According to a new study, happiness (not physical health benefits) is their prime motivation.

Want to Keep Your Brain Youthful? You Should Be Dancing

New research confirms that any type of aerobic activity has neuroprotective benefits. That said, learning choreographed dance routines appear to have specific anti-aging benefits.

Chronic Stress Discombobulates Gut Microbiome Communities

When people are relaxed, gut microbiome communities hum in perfect harmony. However, stress wreaks havoc on the gut-brain axis in unpredictable ways, according to a new study.

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis Relies on Your Vagus Nerve

An extensive scientific review concludes that the vagus nerve facilitates bidirectional communication along the gut-brain axis.

High School Popularity Might Backfire Later in Life

High school popularity may be overrated, according to a new 10-year study.

Top 10 Concerns Parents Have for Their Own Kids (and Others)

Bullying/cyberbullying, internet safety, racial inequities, and school violence top parents' list of concerns for their children's well-being, according to a new 2017 report.

Does Gut Microbiome Influence Mindset and Mental Toughness?

Harvard scientists have pinpointed specific gut microbiome linked to peak athletic performance. Someday soon, these findings could be used to benefit people from all walks of life.

Is Accepting Unpleasant Emotions the Secret to Happiness?

Are you feeling outraged or sad right now? New research reports that accepting negative emotions as part of the ups and downs of life will make you happier in the long run.

Will Trump's Twitter Feed Have Unexpected Boomerang Effects?

Will President Trump's latest Tweets directed at American CEOs result in unexpected outcomes? The theory of psychological reactance helps to explain some of the dynamics at play.

Bumper Stickers Can Facilitate Dynamic Social Interactions

The tragic events in Charlottesville have left many of us speechless. The only cogent response I have for my 9-year-old daughter is from a "Hate Has No Home Here" bumper sticker.

The Cerebellum May Be Part of Brain's "Reality-Check" System

Researchers at Yale University have identified a link between the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") and someone's susceptibility to Pavlovian conditioned hallucinations.

Debunking Neuromyths: Eight Common Brain Myths Set Straight

A new study puts brain myths in the spotlight. True or false: "Some people are left-brained, and some of us are right-brained." Many believe this myth is true. It's not.

Is Connectivity Neurofeedback Training the Next Big Thing?

Neuroscientists have developed a technique called "functional connectivity neurofeedback training" that can alter cognitive function and performance. This could be revolutionary.

Imperfection Makes Celebrities (and All of Us) More Likable

The attractiveness of imperfection is called the Pratfall Effect. Buddhists realized that imperfection is a beautiful thing eons ago. Justin Bieber recently had the same epiphany.

Sizeism Is Harming Too Many of Us: Fat Shaming Must Stop

Much needed efforts are being made to reduce sizeism, weight bias, and medical fat shaming by health care providers.

Workplace Wellness Programs Create the Ultimate Win-Win

A new study reports that corporate wellness programs improve employees' overall well-being and lead to higher motivation, workplace productivity, and lower health care costs.

Green Tea May Ameliorate Brain Drain Linked to Western Diets

A pioneering new study reports that a compound in green tea (EGCG) may prove to be a therapeutic intervention for diet-related memory impairment and neuroinflammation.

Silent Third Person Self-Talk Facilitates Emotion Regulation

Silently talking to yourself in the third person—and using your own name during inner dialogues—facilitates emotion regulation, according to a recent neuroscience-based study.

The New Science of Using Eye Movements as a Test for Autism

Neuroscientists have identified a radical new way to test for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by monitoring rapid eye movements.

Cortisol: Harvard Study Finds "Moderate-response" May Be Key

Contrary to popular belief, a new study reports that "too much" or "too little" cortisol both indicate a maladaptive response to stressful experiences.