Are You Always Stressed–Out? New Blood Test May Explain Why

Neuroscientists recently pinpointed a genetic biomarker linked to people who are “stress sustainers” and at risk for PTSD. A simple blood test could lead to early interventions.

Mindfulness Meditation and the Vagus Nerve Share Many Powers

New research shows that mindfulness meditation and a new non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator can optimize brain connectivity, reduce depression, and improve overall well-being.

Why Is Neuroticism So Toxic?

Neuroticism is widely considered the most toxic of the "Big Five" personality traits. Read this blog post for some easy tips on how-to become less neurotic.

Positive Attitudes About Aging May Be a "Fountain of Youth"

A new study on aging found that "attitude is everything" in terms of staying young, or aging prematurely. Positive self-perceptions about getting older may slow the aging process.

Heroin Addiction Is Destroying the Lives of Young Americans

Every day, approximately 125 Americans die from a heroin or opioid-related drug overdose. What can we do to stop the rising death toll? To learn more, please read this blog post.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.

The Simple Science of Snowstorms and Serenity

Does a winter storm like Jonas make you feel anxious or relaxed? A new report identifies the science behind snow's ability to create a sense of serenity.

The Neuroscience of Comforting Behavior in Times of Distress

A groundbreaking new study has pinpointed the brain systems that drive humans—and other animals—to physically comfort others during times of distress.

Maintaining Close Friendships Requires Face-to-Face Contact

A new study has found that maintaining strong social bonds requires face-to-face contact. It appears that overusing Facebook may unintentionally sabotage your closest friendships.

Regular Exercise—Along With Standing—Is the Key to Longevity

A new report confirms why sitting less and exercising more increases your longevity. If you need some motivation to kickstart an exercise regimen for 2016, read this post.

Can Being More Sociable Improve Your Gut Microbiomes?

There's been a groundswell of research on the "gut-brain axis" and microbiomes. A new study suggests that being more sociable may boost the health of your gut.

Childhood Poverty Can Damage Brain Connectivity and Function

A new study reports that altered brain connectivity in poor children increases their risk of depression. 1 in 5 American children are currently living in poverty. This is a crisis.

Cerebellum Damage May Be the Root of PTSD in Combat Veterans

A new and revolutionary discovery by a team of brain injury experts reveals that damage to the cerebellum may be a hidden cause of PTSD in combat veterans.

Having Social Bonds Is the No. 1 Way to Optimize Your Health

Maintaining close-knit social ties throughout your life may promote well-being and longevity even more than diet and exercise.

Meditation Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

A new study reports that practicing Transcendental Meditation can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the use of medications to treat PTSD.

5 Reasons the 'Mid-Life Crisis' Theory May Be a Myth

Recently, two Canadian studies reported that the 'mid-lfe crisis' may be a myth. Is the same true for Americans?

Your Brain Can Be Trained to Self-Regulate Negative Thinking

New research shows that mindfulness training can improve your ability to self-regulate emotions and reduce negative thinking.

The Neuroscience of Fear Responses and Post-Traumatic Stress

Two new studies shed light on how the brain processes traumatic experiences that create fear, anxiety, and often lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Why Does Chronic Stress Make Losing Weight More Difficult?

New research shows that long-term stress creates a triple whammy that makes losing weight practically impossible. How can you break this vicious cycle?

Tranquility Promotes Healthier Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

A new study links lower stress hormones and healthier microbiomes. These findings suggest that mindfulness meditations that lower stress might improve your "gut-brain axis."

The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Beings' Urge to Overeat

New research on human evolution explains our subconscious craving to overeat—especially during winter. Luckily, there's an antidote to counter the effects of overindulgence.

Psychotherapy Can Dramatically Improve Your "Gut-Brain Axis"

A new meta-analysis of 41 clinical trials reports that psychological therapy has dramatic benefits for the "gut-brain axis."

Exercise Alters Gut Microbes That Promote Brain Health

There is growing evidence that microorganisms in the gut may impact psychological well-being. A new study reports that exercise can alter gut microbes that promote brain health.

Love What You Do, Pour Your Heart Into It and You'll Succeed

Do you need some motivation to kick-start your New Year's Resolutions? In this blog post, Christopher Bergland shares his personal story of becoming a Guinness World Record holder.

Top Ten Breakthroughs in Neuroscience for 2015

This blog post is a year-end wrap up of my "Top Ten" favorite discoveries in neuroscience for 2015.

"Loving Thy Neighbor As Thyself" Makes Us Healthy and Happy

Scientific studies have found that small acts of generosity improve the health and happiness of both the giver and receiver.

Your Brain Can Learn to Empathize with Outside Groups

A new study shows that having a few positive experiences with strangers from another group can trigger empathetic brain responses towards members of this unfamiliar outside group.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to the "Heroine's Journey"

How will the lack of loving and enduring father figures in 'Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens' influence our children's psychology?

Our Amygdala Influences Kindness and Altruism, Not Just Fear

The amygdala is not just the brain's "fear center." A new study reports that the "love hormone" oxytocin can influence kindness, altruism and charitable behavior via the amygdala.

The Neurobiology of Aggressive and Antisocial Behavior

Antisocial and aggressive behavior is linked to less gray matter volume in key brain areas. Luckily, neuroscience shows us the brain can reshape itself, and empathy can be learned.

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