Why Do Rich Kids Have Higher Standardized Test Scores?

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University recently reported that the academic “achievement gap” on standardized tests between lower-income and higher-income children is reflected in brain anatomy.

Alpha Brain Waves Boost Creativity and Reduce Depression

Neuroscientists have discovered that increasing alpha brain waves through electrical stimulation or mindfulness can boost creativity and minimize depression.

5 Neuroscience Based Ways to Clear Your Mind

This blog post offers five easy ways to clear your mind of unwanted thoughts based on the latest neuroscience.

Are Distance Running and Reproductive Potential Connected?

Anthropologists at the University of Cambridge recently reported that males with higher "reproductive potential" may also be better distance runners. Why would being good at long-distance running have evolved to reflect a more desirable male gene pool?

12 Keystone Principles That Bolster Resilience

These 12 keystone principles will increase your resilience and help you stay brave in the face of adversity.

Holding a Grudge Produces Cortisol and Diminishes Oxytocin

Are you currently holding a grudge against someone? Is someone holding a grudge against you? This blog post offers scientific reasons and some basic advice on how-to let go of a grudge and move on with your life.

The Cerebellum, Cerebral Cortex, and Autism Are Intertwined

Neuroscientists have identified a new marker for autism based on abnormal connectivity between specific regions of the cerebellum and the cerebral cortex.

Mindfulness: The Power of “Thinking About Your Thinking”

Taking just five minutes a day to “think about your thinking" can dramatically improve your life.

Breaking a Sweat Could Save Your Life

In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers have discovered that vigorous physical activity—that causes you to sweat—can help someone avoid death at an early age.

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

In the largest study of its kind, a team of investigators from nine different universities have identified a correlative link between family income and a child’s brain structure.

How Does Practice Hardwire Long-Term Muscle Memory?

Why is it that once you've learned how to ride a bicycle or serve a tennis ball that you never forget the muscle memory involved in these actions? A team of neuroscientists recently pinpointed a new mechanism behind the consolidation of long-term motor memory.

10 Ways Musical Training Boosts Brain Power

A wide range of new research shows that playing a musical instrument can boost brain function throughout a person's lifespan.

How Does Body Posture Affect Early Learning and Memory?

A fascinating new study has combined state-of-the-art robotics with research on human infants to reveal that posture plays a critical role in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge.

The Cerebellum Deeply Influences Our Thoughts and Emotions

Yesterday there was a report on NPR about groundbreaking new research on the cerebellum from Harvard Medical School. The latest neuroscience shows that the cerebellum plays an important role in creating fluidity between our thoughts, actions, emotions, and cognitive processes.

Is the Intense Pressure to Succeed Sabotaging Our Children?

Last week, a 13-year-old killed himself after receiving an email from his school that he was behind in his homework. What is the toll of putting so much academic and extracurricular pressure on children? What can parents, teachers, and policy makers do to break this vicious cycle and reduce the insanity of the K-12 rat race of trying to get into an A-list college?

The Cerebellum Holds Many Clues for Creating Humanoid Robots

Recent discoveries show that the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") holds vital clues for the future creation of sentient robots and androids that are featured in upcoming blockbuster movies like Chappie, Ex Machina, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

What Motivates People to Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices?

A Cornell University study released yesterday offers new insights that can help you create a personalized inner-dialogue and messaging strategy that will motivate you to make healthier lifestyle choices every day.

How Do Genes Sway the Sensitivity or Resilience of a Child?

New research from Duke University shows that early childhood interventions can help even the most sensitive and vulnerable children blossom into resilient and extraordinary adults.

Neuroscientists Identify How Mindset Alters Pain Perceptions

Neuroscientists have identified a specific brain pathway that makes independent contributions to perceptions of pain and can be altered by changes in mindset.

Optimism Is Good For Your Heart

A new study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has found that people who are optimistic have significantly better cardiovascular health.

How Is the Cerebellum Linked to Bipolar Disorder?

A new brain imaging technique has enabled University of Iowa researchers to identify specific brain abnormalities linked to bipolar disorder for the first time.

Why Does Having a Positive Attitude Keep You Healthier?

For the first time, a December 2014 study has found that laughing gas (nitrous oxide) shows promise for helping symptoms of treatment-resistant depression.

Subliminal Cues Impact Motivation, Endurance, and Longevity

Two recent studies have found that subliminal visual cues can improve athletic performance, as well as, physical functioning in older individuals by reducing stereotypes of aging and fatigue.

Why Does Physical Inactivity Drain Human Brain Power?

Neuroscience has confirmed that physical activity boosts brain power. On the flip side, being physically inactive drains brain power. Why does physical inactivity drain human brain power?

Can Reading a Fictional Story Make You More Empathetic?

Neuroscientists have discovered that reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” lights up the same brain regions that would be involved in watching someone else moving—or flying on a broom—in the real world. Reading fiction can make the reader more empathetic by activating the brain regions associated with another person's life experience.

The Whites of Your Eyes Convey Subconscious Truths

A new study has found that our eye whites communicate important social cues that are key to our bonding and survival at a conscious and unconscious level,

How Can Daydreaming Improve Goal-Oriented Results?

Daydreamers can also be superachievers. Neuroscientists have discovered that mind-wandering can boost cognitive performance and the achievement of goals.

Autism, Purkinje Cells, and the Cerebellum Are Intertwined

A November 24, 2014 study from the University of Chicago Medical Center identified that Purkinje cells in the cerebellum are linked to motor skill deficits in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Imagination and Reality Flow Conversely Through Your Brain

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have discovered that when people use their imagination or daydream that information flows in the opposite direction compared to when they see actual images of the same scene.

How Are Purkinje Cells in the Cerebellum Linked to Autism?

Scientists at the annual 2014 Society for Neuroscience meeting (November 14-19) in Washington D.C. presented unpublished research that links the Purkinje cells of the cerebellum with autism spectrum disorders.