Can Being Out of Shape Speed Up Brain Deterioration?

Aerobic fitness is linked to more robust white matter connectivity between various brain regions and better cognitive function, according to a growing body of evidence.

The Neuroscience of Adolescent Impulsivity

New research identifies a link between cortical thickness and impulsive decision-making during adolescence.

Throwing Spears and Drawing Realistic Art Made Humans Unique

Throwing spears, making representational art, and having globe-shaped brains may have helped Homo sapiens become smarter than Neanderthals, according to new research.

Modern Brain Shape Linked to Parietal Lobes and Cerebellum

Groundbreaking new research has unearthed surprising evolutionary changes that gave our modern, present-day brain its globular shape.

Molecule in Cerebellum Spurs Brain Cell Winners and Losers

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed a specific molecule that influences brain cell "winners" and "losers."

How Does the Brain Unconsciously Master Automatized Skills?

New research sheds light on how the human brain learns automatized skills like riding a bicycle, playing a musical instrument, or learning to type without looking at the keyboard.

Language Utilizes Ancient Brain Circuits That Predate Humans

Language acquisition relies on general-purpose brain circuits that are evolutionarily ancient and predate Homo sapiens, according to a new paper by an international research team.

Dance Songs Dissolve Differences That Divide Us

Dance songs have a universal ability to bring people from different cultural backgrounds together and to create social closeness, according to a growing body of evidence.

The Neuroscience of Proactive vs. Hyper-Reactive Thinking

Connectivity between various brain regions via white matter organization is key to fluid intelligence and proactive cognitive control, according to a new international study.

Pupil Size Offers an Eye-Opening Window Into Deep Sleep

Pioneering new sleep research identifies a link between deep sleep and pupil size.

Excess Dietary Salt Can Impair Cognition via Gut-Brain Axis

Consuming too much salt can promote cognitive dysfunction via the gut-brain axis, according to a new study on mice.

Why Have So Many Americans Lost Their Trust in Facts?

A new study pinpoints various trends that are driving America's growing skepticism about "facts."

Post-Traumatic Growth and Post-Traumatic Stress Can Coexist

We commonly associate PTSD with natural disasters. Surprisingly, a new study reports that personal growth can coexist with post-traumatic stress in the years following.

Aha! Pro-Diversity Cultures Spark Corporate Innovation

Pro-diversity policies in the workplace improve corporate innovation and a firm's value, according to a new study.

Exercise Keeps Us Young at Heart in More Ways Than One

Even if you've been sitting too much and are out of shape, a new study reports that kickstarting a fitness regime (and sticking with it) can reverse the signs of an aging heart.

Five Ways to Overcome Fear of Failure and Perfectionism

An expert on coping with anxiety recommends five practical ways to overcome fear of failure and paralyzing perfectionism.

Anti-Perfectionism Anthems Can Silence Your Inner Critic

Is perfectionism taking a psychological toll on your mental health? Listening to songs that unapologetically embrace imperfections helped me to challenge my own perfectionism.

Is the Perfectionism Plague Taking a Psychological Toll?

Every generation of young adults from 1989 to 2016 has felt increased pressure to be perfect, according to a new study.

Brief Bouts of Exercise Can Spark Big Bursts of Brain Power

Are you too busy to squeeze long workouts into your schedule? Good news: Just 10 minutes of aerobic exercise is enough to boost brain power, according to the latest neuroscience.

Need Motivation to Exercise? Science-Based Facts Can Inspire

Did you make a New Year's resolution to exercise more in 2018? Science-based knowledge of how physical activity optimizes your quality of life is a terrific way to stay motivated.

Antidepressant Not Working? You Could Be a "Nonresponder"

Why do some antidepressants work for one person but not another? The answer to this question has baffled psychopharmacologists for decades. Finally, a new study offers fresh clues.

Exercise Is a Top Prescription for Mild Cognitive Impairment

New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology prescribe aerobic exercise as the most effective "medicine" to improve thinking and memory.

Singing Your Heart Out Has Surprising Psychological Benefits

New research reaffirms that singing your heart out is a fun way to boost happiness and improve overall psychological well-being.

How Do Nostalgic Scents Get Woven Into Long-Term Memories?

Christmastime smells are deeply embedded in people's memory banks. But how does the brain weave a scent into long-term memory? Neuroscientists recently solved this age-old riddle.

Electrical Stimulation of the Amygdala Boosts Human Memory

For the first time, neuroscientists have identified that direct electrical stimulation of the amygdala can enhance declarative memory in humans.

Flip the Script: Turning Naysayer Scorn Into Yeasayer Mojo

"Tell me I can't, then watch me work twice as hard to prove you wrong." This quotation sums up one way to flip the script and turn a naysayer's doubt into a source of motivation.

Left Brain-Right Brain Study Debunks a Decades-Old Neuromyth

For the past five decades, neuroscientists assumed the left cerebral hemisphere was our brain's language domain. But now, cutting-edge research debunks this 20th-century neuromyth.

Want a More Altruistic Brain? Try Daily Gratitude Journaling

Taking a few minutes each day to express gratitude in writing can cultivate "pure altruism" on a neural level, according to a new brain imaging study.

Neuromodulation of the Cerebellum Influences Social Behavior

Groundbreaking new research unearths a fascinating link between a specific region of the cerebellum and social behaviors.

Study: "Pride Comes Before a Fall" Is Flawed in Two Ways

Does pride really come before a fall? A quirky new study tackles this question from two seemingly unrelated angles.

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