The Cerebellum May Drive Sex Distinction in Our Social Brain

How do sex differences play a role in the development of our social brain? A new study on specific neurons in the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") offers some valuable clues.

Oxytocin, Spirituality, and the Biology of Feeling Connected

A groundbreaking new study from Duke University has identified a link between oxytocin and feelings of spiritual connectedness.

Thousands of Genes Are Altered by Aerobic Endurance Training

A groundbreaking new study reports that aerobic endurance training can alter 3,400 RNA variants, associated with 2,600 genes. These findings have widespread health implications.

Trust Your Gut—There's Nothing Woo-Woo About the Vagus Nerve

A new study found that financial traders who trust their gut feelings and have grace under pressure are more successful. What is the physiological explanation for this phenomenon?

Study Pinpoints Brain Circuitry of Emotional Decision-Making

We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of making a tough emotional decision. Recently, MIT neuroscientists pinpointed the brain mechanics behind emotional decision-making.

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

William James once said, "We don't laugh because we're happy, we're happy because we laugh." New research confirms that laughter improves psychological and physical well-being.

Your Left Cerebellar Hemisphere May Play a Role in Cognition

Traditionally, the cerebellum has been considered a "non-thinking" part of our brain. However, a new study reports that specific cerebellar brain regions are involved in cognition.

"Moonshadow" Offers Many Clues for Letting Go of Entitlement

A new study pinpoints how a sense of entitlement leads to malcontent, distress, and anger. What can we do to break the cycle of entitlement? Pop music and poetry offer some clues.

One-Two Punch of "Cue and Reward" Makes Exercise a Habit

Do you have trouble sticking with an exercise routine? If so, a new study has identified a simple one-two punch that improves your odds of making exercise a daily habit you enjoy.

Showing the World Her Wabi-Sabi Humanizes Hillary Clinton

Is it possible that having pneumonia could end up being a blessing in disguise for Hillary Clinton by making her seem more human and relatable?

Three Core Tenets at the Heart of Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5-11, 2016. The International Association for Suicide Prevention has pinpointed three core tenets at the heart of suicide prevention.

Study: More Exercise Isn't Necessarily Better for Your Brain

Do you hate to exercise? If so, I have good news. A new study reports that you do not have to be an exercise fanatic to reap the neuroprotective benefits of physical activity.

Unearthing Rarely Heard Songs of Your Youth Is Revitalizing

Overplayed songs become blasé. But, tracking down forgotten music of your youth—and reconnecting with rare nostalgic songs—can take you back in time and make you feel young again.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Pain" Embodies Citizen Science

A groundbreaking initiative in the UK is using smartphone technology and citizen science to identify whether damp and gray weather really does cause stiffness in your joints

Deconstructing the Neurobiology of Resilience

How well do you adapt to stress? A new review deconstructs the underpinnings of resilience and offers clues for ways to make your brain more resilient to distress.

Tonic Levels of Dopamine Lubricate Moments of Superfluidity

Next week in Vienna, neuroscientists will meet for the 2016 Dopamine Conference. In this blog post, I reflect on what I've learned about dopamine through both sport and life.

Back-to-School Precautions for Children Using Smartphones

We all know that texting while driving creates life-threatening hazards. But, a new study reports that walking and using a smartphone can be very unsafe, especially for children.

Your Cerebellum May Dictate How Your Brain Handles Alcohol

A study published today in the Journal of Neuroscience offers fascinating new clues about the brain mechanisms behind reward processing, addiction, and alcohol abuse disorders.

7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

New research suggests that people tend to become happier as they age. Unfortunately, younger people are less happy than ever. This post offers insights for people of all ages.

Proclaiming Your Wabi-Sabi Is a Cathartic Antidote for Shame

You don't have to be a Zen Buddhist to embrace the power of wabi-sabi. Publicly acknowledging your imperfections can make you immune to the isolation created by shame.

Neuroscience Suggests That We're All "Wired" for Addiction

New research suggests that everybody has the neurobiological potential to become an addict.

Nonconformity Has Counter-Intuitive Benefits, Study Finds

A new study reports that going along with a group—whose viewpoints you are diametrically opposed to—triggers a physiological threat response.

Deconstructing Ryan Lochte's Shame and Fear of Vulnerability

Ryan Lochte is in the hot seat for his shameful after-hours behavior in Rio last weekend. Is his apology for "not being more candid and careful" enough to appease his shame?

The Neuroscience of Going from Machiavellian to Magnanimous

Why would four U.S. Olympic swimmers fabricate a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro? A new Oxford study explains the brain mechanics of self-serving behavior.

Michael Phelps’ Heroic Journey Goes Far Beyond Gold Medals

Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympian of all time. He's also a role model for sharing intimate details of how he completed the hero's journey after hitting rock bottom.

Study: If You Believe in Exercise, It'll Make You Feel Good

Do you consider physical activity to be a source of joy or pure torture? If you hate to exercise, research suggests that you might be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

3 Ways Aerobic Exercise Improves Schizophrenia Symptoms

A groundbreaking report, published this morning, identifies three specific ways that aerobic exercise improves cognitive functioning in people with schizophrenia.

One Drug-Free Way to Reduce Your Risk of 5 Chronic Diseases

A study published today offers a drug-free prescriptive that could reduce your risk of 5 chronic diseases. The best news: this remedy is inexpensive and universally accessible.

The Neuroprotective Powers of Exercise Should Motivate You

Do you need a new source of motivation to become more physically active? If so, there is growing evidence that exercise increases brain size and reduces dementia risk as you age.