The Unseen Human Being: Reflective Gear Saves Lives

As we approach the shortest days of the year, it’s important to remember to wear reflective gear anytime you are walking, jogging, or cycling on public roadways after dark.

High Potency Marijuana Damages Cerebral Brain Connections

A new study reports that smoking marijuana with high levels of THC damages brain connections between the left and right hemispheres of the cerebrum.

In Discussing "Youth," Jane Fonda Touches on "Superfluidity"

Jane Fonda recently described the awe-inspiring aspects of having a peak experience while discussing her upcoming movie 'Youth.'

Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1

For the first time, a new study has identified how "perceived social isolation" triggers fight-or-flight stress responses that can lead to illness and premature death.

How Does Exercise Protect Your Brain from Degeneration?

Two new studies have identified various ways that exercise protects the brain from degeneration as we age.

Your Precuneus May Be the Root of Happiness and Satisfaction

Neuroscientists have identified a possible location of happiness and satisfaction in the human brain.

Light Therapy Can Help Treat Depression Year-Round

A new study reports that bright light therapy can help treat both seasonal and nonseasonal depression.

Motivation Is Tied to the Strength of Your Brain Connections

Would you identify yourself as someone who is highly motivated or more apathetic? Neuroscientists at Oxford University recently discovered a neurobiological mechanism that might explain why some of us are inherently more ambitious than others. The findings also explain the neuroscience of why "Just Do It" is such a motivational slogan.

Are Sugar Substitutes Healthier than Sugar? It’s Debatable.

As our hearts ache from the loss of life in Paris, I am reminded of the joie de vivre of the French people and their love of gastronomy. Vive la France! In this post, I look at new research on the potential health benefits of using sugar substitutes. Regardless of the science, the French remind us that eating delicious food in moderate portions is a healthy source of joy.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and Pain Relief

This post offers a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific findings on how mindfulness meditation can reduce social and physical pain at a neurobiological level.

"Superfluidity" and the "Hot Hand" Are Synonymous

Recently, David Remnick wrote a brilliant article in the New Yorker, Bob Dylan and the “Hot Hand," which reminded me of concepts I’ve been trying to convey about the extraordinary—but also universal—experience of “superfluidity.” After reading Remnick's essay, it's clear to me that "the hot hand" and "superfluidity" occur both in sports and the creative process.

Is Junk Food to Blame for the Obesity Epidemic? Yes and No.

According to a new study from Cornell University, junk food alone is not driving the skyrocketing obesity rates in the United States.

7 Ways to Create an Upward Spiral of Positive Emotions

This blog post offers seven ways that you can create an upward spiral of positive emotions and well-being.

Better Brain Health Is Possible Without Exercise Fanaticism

If you hate to exercise, I have good news. A new study has found that you don't have to be an exercise fanatic to reap the brain benefits of low-to-moderate aerobic fitness.

Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying Young?

Why are so many middle-aged white Americans self-destructing?

Will Obesity Bankrupt the United States in the Near Future?

As of November 2015, over 30 percent of adults in the United States are considered obese. The economic cost of the obesity epidemic is mind-boggling. Two new studies report that obesity-related healthcare is costing American taxpayers and individuals hundreds of billions annually in medical bills. What can each of us do to reduce the healthcare costs of obesity?

The Male and Female Brain Are More Similar Than Once Assumed

Neuoroscientists currently believe that the male and female brain are much more similar than once assumed. A new meta-analysis of 76 published papers, involving over 6,000 healthy individuals, has debunked the widely-held assumption that brain size varies by gender.

One Simple Way You Can Become a Human Lie Detector

Researchers have identified that observing whether or not someone is "thinking too hard" is the single most reliable cue for detecting a liar.

Making Exercise a Habit Prevents Age-Related "Brain Drain"

A new study reports that the structural deterioration of the brain associated with old age can be prevented by long-term aerobic exercise that commences in midlife or earlier.

How Big Is Your Hippocampus? Does It Matter? Yes and No.

Fifteen years ago, neuroscientists identified that London cab drivers had a bigger hippocampus, which was linked to their ability to navigate 25,000 complex city streets from memory. However, that's only half the story. A groundbreaking new study has identified that hippocampus size isn't all that matters for learning spatial navigation and memory.

Bliss Molecules and Love Hormones Propel Our Social Networks

Neuroscientists from the University of California, Irvine have discovered that the “love hormone” oxytocin stimulates the brain production of self-produced cannabis neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids—which are also known as the “bliss molecule." This dynamic duo enhances the pleasure of social interactions and drives our human urge for intimate relationships.

Physical Activity Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Young

A growing body of evidence suggests that regular physical activity is the most effective way to optimize the structure and function of your brain throughout your lifespan.

Why Have Marijuana Use Disorders Doubled in the Past Decade?

A new study has found that marijuana use and "cannabis use disorders" among adults have doubled in the past decade? What is causing these cannabis-related statistics to skyrocket?

Small Acts of Generosity and the Neuroscience of Gratitude

Neuroscientists have identified the brain circuitry that explains how and why small acts of generosity create the positive emotions of gratitude.

How Could "Brain Observatories" Help the BRAIN Initiative?

A group of leading American neuroscientists are calling for the creation of centralized "brain observatories" that could revolutionize the ability of scientists across the United States to research the human brain.

Neuroscientists Decrypt the Mystery of Rapid Eye Movements

In a groundbreaking study, neuroscientists have decoded the mysterious brain mechanics behind rapid eye movements.

Idiosyncratic Brain Synchronization Associated with Autism

Two recent neuroimaging studies reveal that individuals with autism exhibit uniquely 'idiosyncratic' patterns of brain connectivity and synchronization. What causes idiosyncratic brain synchronization in people with autism spectrum disorders?

Do Brain Training Games Actually Improve Cognitive Function?

Neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists from around the world recently wrote a "consensus letter" condemning the brain-game industry for making false claims. However, not all video games are created equal. Some video games may actually have cognitive benefits.

Is Excessive Screen Time Slowly Undermining Our Resilience?

What is the long-term cost of excessive screen time on our individual and collective well-being?

Could a Social Network Motivate You to Exercise More?

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communication have identified a new way to use social networks to motivate people to adopt healthier behaviors and exercise more.