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.

Bidirectional Gut-Brain Axis Can Perpetuate a Vicious Cycle

A new study identifies powerful bidirectional gut-brain interactions: Gut disturbances can trigger brain inflammation and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can trigger gut dysfunction.

Want to Seem Approachable and Likable? Start Nodding "Yes"

New state-of-the-art research on body language identifies specific psychosocial cues triggered by nodding "yes" as opposed to shaking the head "no."

Johns Hopkins Brain Maps Show Why It Can Be So Hard to Stop

Neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University have identified why it's so hard to "Stop!" once your brain has given your body the green light to "go."

The New Science of Successfully Breaking Bad Habits

The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) coalition is on a mission to help people break bad habits and successfully make behavioral changes that will lead to longer, healthier lives.

Jeremy Schmahmann Untangles the Perplexity of Our Cerebellum

Jeremy Schmahmann of Harvard Medical School has developed readily available ways to test abnormalities of the cerebellum without detailed neuropsychological laboratory testing.

9 Warning Signs Your Child May Be Lost in Cyberspace

For the first time, psychologists have created a nine-point checklist to help parents identify if their child may be suffering from what experts call "screen media addiction."

Vengefulness Is Driven by One Dominant Personality Trait

A new study identifies the personality correlates of people who are prone to seeking revenge.

The Neurochemistry of Smartphone Addiction

Teens with problematic habits may have an imbalance of specific chemicals in the brain.

Neuroscientists Unearth a New Pathway in the Human Brain

In a surprising discovery, University of Iowa neuroscientists find that deep brain stimulation of a brain area responsible for movement improves cognitive function.

Will Stress-Busting Vagus Nerve Gadgetry Be a Game Changer?

A new state-of-the-art vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) device may offer a drug-free way to combat fight-or-flight responses. This patent-pending gizmo could be available by mid-2018.

What Makes Us Human? Dopamine and the Cerebellum Hold Clues

A pioneering new Yale-led comparative analysis of human, chimpanzee, and macaque brains offers fresh clues about what makes the human brain unique.

Letting Kids Run Wild Could Improve Academic Performance

A first-of-its-kind brain imaging study has identified a link between cardiorespiratory fitness, motor-skill agility, gray matter volume, and academic performance.

Boosting Executive Functions May Harness Unbridled Anxiety

Beefing up the executive control of a specific region in the prefrontal cortex may help those at risk for anxiety disorders, according to a new Duke study.

Neuroscience Reveals 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.