Researchers Identify Why Favorite Songs Make Us Feel So Good

Neuroscientists have pinpointed why the songs we love give us intense pleasure.

Walking in Natural Environments Nourishes Parent-Child Bonds

Spending time together in nature increases family cohesion, according to a new study.

Light Physical Activity Prolongs Life, but MVPA Is Better

If you dislike aerobic exercise, good news: A new study reports that light physical activity can prolong life. That said, moderate intensity provides even more benefits.

Once and for All: Aerobic Exercise Increases Brain Size

A new systematic review and meta-analysis confirms (once and for all) that aerobic exercise makes the human brain bigger.

Aerobic Training Reduces Inflammation in Mind-Boggling Ways

A pioneering new study reports that regular aerobic exercise (3 hours per week) can dramatically reduce muscular inflammation via specific microRNAs that regulate gene expression.

Aromatherapy Alleviates Anxiety Via Your Vagus Nerve

There is growing empirical evidence that aromatherapy has a profound ability to relieve anxiety by calming your nervous system.

Do Our Circadian Rhythms Make Midnight Snacks a Health Risk?

Although midnight snacks taste delicious, a new study suggests that nocturnal eating may be pernicious.

Harvard Epidemiologists' Rx: Moderate-to-Vigorous Exercise

A new Harvard study on the long-term benefits of aerobic exercise reports that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may reduce mortality by up to 70 percent.

Strength-Promoting Exercise Could Add Years to Your Life

A new study on various types of exercise and mortality found that strength-promoting exercise may be just as important as aerobic exercise for reducing the risk of premature death.

Too Many Synaptic Connections in Cerebellum Creates Problems

Contrary to popular belief, a growing pile of research shows that too many synaptic connections can impede brain function.

Stress in America Is Gnawing Away at Our Overall Well-Being

Stress levels in America skyrocketed last year. Now, the first data from 2017 suggests that chronically high levels of "Stress in America" are undermining our overall well-being.

Our "Little Brain" Plays a Big Role in Coping with Distress

New brain imaging data suggests that the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") plays a significant role in reducing symptoms of traumatic stress.

Is Gut Microbiome a New Biomarker for PTSD Susceptibility?

A new international study involving both military and civilian institutions has identified a possible new biomarker for PTSD susceptibility based on gut bacteria composition.

The Neurobiology of Jealousy

A first-of-its-kind study on the neurobiology of jealousy in monogamous monkeys sheds light on how male jealousy operates in humans, too.

Why Does Cerebral Brain Power Gobble Up So Much Energy?

New research explains why it's difficult for our brains and bodies to optimize cognitive and physical performance simultaneously.

Walking Study Corroborates Hippocrates’s Prescriptive Wisdom

A new landmark study on walking and mortality backs up Hippocrates' favorite prescription for health and longevity.

Move Over, Gray Matter—White Matter Is Taking Center Stage

One of the largest studies of white matter (which enables communication between brain regions) ever was published today by scientists from the University of Southern California.

Vagus Nerve Facilitates Guts, Wits, and Grace Under Pressure

There are dozens of easy ways to engage your vagus nerve that can inhibit "fight, flight, or freeze" stress responses, lower anxiety, and give you enough guts to seize the day.

Psilocybin May "Reset" Brain Circuitry of Depressed Patients

Psilocybin may help "kick-start" recovery from treatment-resistant depression by "resetting" neural mechanisms, according to new fMRI brain imaging study.

Study Links Gut Microbiome With "Ridiculously Healthy" Aging

One of the largest human studies on microbiota recently identified a correlation between healthy aging and a healthy gut.

Is Mindfulness Being Mindlessly Overhyped? Experts Say "Yes"

"Mindfulness" needs a clearer definition, more rigorous clinical research, and less media hype—according to an urgent call-to-action by 15 experts from over a dozen universities.

Synchronizing Brain Waves Can Turbocharge Executive Function

A pioneering new study has identified a surprising way to turbocharge executive functions. Someday, this method could be used to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Our Search for Meaning Produces Universal Neural Signatures

A pioneering new fMRI brain imaging study from USC illuminates our human commonality and the universality of our search for meaning in the stories we read.

Black Tea Alters Gut Microbiome in Anti-Obesogenic Ways

Black tea alters gut microbiome in a way that promotes weight loss, according to a new UCLA study on mice.

One Hour of Exercise Per Week Protects Against Depression

60 minutes of easy physical activity per week—without becoming breathless or sweating—can protect against future depression, according to a new landmark study.

The Neuroscience of Contagious Laughter

For the first time, neuroscientists have identified why laughter is contagious.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Can Restore Consciousness

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can restore consciousness even after someone has been in a vegetative state for over a decade, according to a new and potentially revolutionary study.

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.