Early Maternal Love and Support Boosts Child's Brain Growth

New research suggests that a child's brain is particularly sensitive to maternal love and support during the preschool years. A lack of nurturing can stunt brain development.

Bring It On! 8 Reasons Some Kids Thrive Despite Adversities

A groundbreaking new study has pinpointed 8 factors that promote flourishing in kids who face multiple "adverse childhood experiences."

The Neuroscience of Binge Drinking

What drives people to binge drink? Groundbreaking research has identified the brain mechanics of binge drinking and pinpointed a way to 'put the brakes' on binge drinking.

How Could 60 Seconds of Intense Exercise Change Your Life?

Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to exercise regularly? If so, a new study reports that you can reap the benefits of a longer workout in just 60 seconds.

The No. 1 Reason You Should Never Be Afraid to Try

New research confirms the proverb, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Unfortunately, a fear of failure is contagious and often passed on from parents to their children.

Why Are Some Neighborhoods Becoming Extremely Homogenized?

American families are facing a new housing crisis that could dramatically impact school-aged children.

Unexpected Lessons on Greatness From Super-Champion Athletes

A new study reveals unexpected commonalities among elite-level athletes. These findings offer valuable clues for achieving greatness both on and off the court.

Why Do So Many Superstars Self-Destruct Like Supernovas?

Why has superstardom caused so many musical icons of the 1980s to die prematurely? This blog post explores the underbelly of fame and the quest for "Holy Grail" peak experiences.

Wow! The Life-Changing Power of Experiencing Profound Awe

In honor of Earth Day 2016, the "overview effect" of astronauts witnessing Earth from outer space reminds us of the universal importance of protecting our planet's environment.

Chimps Like Us: Baby, We Were Born to Run

New research shows that humans became large-brained, large-bodied animals through natural selection. Running appears to have helped us fuel brain growth.

The Neuroscience of Losing Your Train of Thought

Are you easily distracted? New groundbreaking research identifies the brain mechanics that cause physical interruptions to derail your train of thought.

Has the Opioid Pendulum for Treating Pain Swung Too Far?

With the epidemic of opioid and heroin addictions sweeping the country—physicians are pinpointing new best practices for "balanced" multidisciplinary pain management strategies.

Heavy Marijuana Use May Reduce Your Brain's Dopamine Release

A new study has identified a correlation between heavy marijuana use and lower levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine controls reward-motivated behaviors and pleasure centers.

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

A recent study from Stanford University found that being a smoker has detrimental impacts on new employment opportunities and wage earning.

6 Science-Based Ways to Say “I’m Sorry” Effectively

New research has pinpointed the 6 key elements to an effective apology. Interestingly, 'requesting forgiveness' is the least effective way to say "I'm sorry."

Babies' Brains May Process Social Thinking Via Motor Systems

A new study published today reports (for the first time) that motor systems in the brain may drive infants' earliest social learning, thinking, and behavior.

One Incredibly Easy Way to Improve Your Emotional Regulation

A new study from Harvard University has identified one easy way to improve emotional regulation and positive emotions.

Violent Video Games Can Trigger Emotional Desensitization

A new study has identified that playing violent video games repeatedly can desensitize players to emotional feelings of guilt.

What Makes Aerobic Exercise Like Miracle-Gro for Your Brain?

A revolutionary new study by researchers at UCLA pinpoints how aerobic exercise turbocharges your brain.

Aerobic Exercise May Reverse the Effects of Chronic Stress

There is growing evidence that aerobic exercise can reverse the effects of chronic stress. A new study pinpoints how exercise lowers stress and reduces your risk of heart disease.

What Inhibits Eye Contact During Emotional Conversations?

A groundbreaking new study on autism has identified neuroscientific reasons that explain why it can be difficult to maintain eye contact when you're talking about your feelings.

Activity-Friendly Cities Could Be a Matter of Life and Death

Are you fortunate enough to live in an activity-friendly neighborhood? A new global study found that people residing in activity-friendly cities stay healthier and live longer.

Mindfulness Training Optimizes Brain Connectivity

Researchers have pinpointed how mindfulness triggers brain changes that can help people—who are “stuck” in a rut of repetitive thinking and rumination—turn off negative thoughts.

What’s the Secret to Staying Forever Young?

A new study has identified an extreme subgroup of people who show incredible resilience to the signs of aging.

Daydreaming: Not All Mind Wandering Fuels Creative Thinking

Mind wandering and daydreaming can facilitate creative thinking and problem solving. However, researchers at Harvard have identified that not all mind wandering is created equal.

Depression: New Research Shows That Genetics Are Not Destiny

A study published today reports that your genetic predisposition for depression is never set in stone. This is good news if you're prone to depression, but bad news if you're not.

What Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Sharp?

A new study examined different ways that people spend their leisure time. The researchers pinpointed one habit that can slow brain aging by up to 10 years as you get older.

Aha! Aerobic Exercise Facilitates the Free Flow of Thought

Albert Einstein once said of E=mc2, "I thought of it while riding my bicycle." There is growing empirical and anecdotal evidence that aerobic exercise stimulates "Aha!" moments.

How Do Motor Regions of the Brain Drive Fluid Intelligence?

Researchers at the Beckman Institute have identified an unexpected correlation between energy metabolism in motor regions of the brain and higher levels of fluid intelligence.

Brain Imaging Links Amygdala Activity to Heart Attack Risk

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have identified a correlation between high levels of stress in the brain and someone's risk for heart disease or stroke.