Why Does Physical Activity Improve Cognitive Flexibility?

People who are physically active tend be better at thinking outside the box. Why is this? New research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers some valuable clues.

One Reason Being a Perfectionist Isn’t All Bad

Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? New research identifies how various forms of perfectionism can have a bright side and a dark side.

Why Does Overthinking Sabotage the Creative Process?

Neuroscientists have identified why overthinking can undermine the creative process.

Unconscious Memories Hide In the Brain but Can Be Retrieved

Researchers at Northwestern University have identify a unique brain mechanism used to store and retrieve unconscious memories.

More Research Links Autism and the Cerebellum

A new study led by Samuel Wang, professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, suggests that abnormalities of the cerebellum are correlated with some of the sensory difficulties seen in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The “Exercise Hormone” Irisin Is NOT a Myth

The Harvard scientists who discovered the powerful health benefits of the "exericise hormone" irisin have confirmed that human irisin circulates in the blood at nanogram levels and increases during exercise. Their latest findings were published in Cell Metabolism on August 13.

Why Do Aerobically Fit Children Have Better Math Skills?

A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter in the cerebrum than their "low-fit" peers. "Higher-fit" kids also have better math skills. What is the correlation between aerobic fitness, thinner gray matter in the cerebrum, and improved math achievement?

The Neuroscience of Trust

Neuroscientists have identified specific brain regions associated with trust.

Is Corporate Money Biasing "Science-Based" Health Experts?

The New York Times recently reported that food industry giants such as Coca-Cola are paying health experts to make "science-based" diet and nutrition claims.

How Does Your Cerebellum Counteract "Paralysis by Analysis"?

Neuroscientists from McGill University have discovered that the cerebellum learns to expect the unexpected and can help counteract "paralysis by analysis" in both life and sport.

The Brain Mechanics of Rumination and Repetitive Thinking

A new study from Stanford University helps explain the neuroscience of rumination and repetitive thinking.

Want to Improve Your Cognitive Abilities? Go Climb a Tree!

A new study has discovered that physical activities, such as climbing a tree or balancing on a beam, can dramatically improve cognitive abilities. Why would climbing a tree improve cognitive function and working memory?

5 Strategies to Reduce Gender Bias Against Girls As Leaders

These 5 stategies for reducing gender bias were recently developed by researchers at Harvard University. These 5 easy tips have the potential to close the gender gap in leadership for teenage girls in the future.

Music Training Improves Adolescent Brain Development

Music training during adolescence helps the teenage brain hone skills necessary for academic and life success.

The Neuroscience of Savoring Positive Emotions

Neuroscientists have linked sustained activation of a brain region called the ventral striatum to savoring positive emotions. Ventral striatal activation is in the locus of your control. Researchers believe that regularly practicing loving-kindness meditation and compassion activates this brain region and increases the ability to savor positive emotions.

What Matters More? Size or Quality of Your Social Network

What's more important for your health, happiness, and well-being—the quantity or quality of your social network?

Can Oxytocin Fortify Resilience Against Childhood Adversity?

A new study from Emory University reports that manipulating the oxytocin system has the potential to fortify a person's resilience against childhood adversity, abuse, or neglect.

Childhood Poverty Has Detrimental Impacts on Brain Structure

Evidence continues to mount that there is a link between growing up in a low-income household, brain development, and lower academic achievement. The majority of children attending public schools in the United States come from low-income households. We have a crisis on our hands. In this blog post, I summarize the findings of a wide range of recent studies on this topic.

How Does Physical Fitness Improve Your Brain Function?

New research has identified specific benefits of physical fitness on brain structure and function.

The Double-Edged Sword of Self-Control

For some people, self-control may act as a “double-edged sword" that leads to external success but speeds up the aging process at an epigenetic level.

Everyday Access to Nature Promotes Well-Being As We Age

A new study reports that spending time in natural environments promotes healthy aging and overall well-being.

Cortisol and Oxytocin Hardwire Fear-Based Memories

New research shows that the "stress hormone" cortisol and the "love hormone" oxytocin can create a double whammy when it comes to hardwiring anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

Women live longer than men because of modern lifestyle factors, rather than any biological difference, a new study reports.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Leading Cause of Death

These five lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of dying from the leading cause of death in the United States by 50 percent.

Some Medications May Alter Childhood Brain Development

Medications that disrupt REM sleep may alter brain structure during critical phases of child development.

The Neuroscience of Recalling Old Memories

Neuroscientists have identified how our brain encodes multiple aspects of a life event into a singular memory for later recollection.

The Neuroscience of Forming New Memories

In a breakthrough study, an international team of neuroscientists has identify how new memories are formed by individual neurons.

How Does Your Circadian Clock Keep Track of the Seasons?

Until now, the specific neurobiology of how our circadian clocks keep track of the seasons has been a mystery. Recently, researchers identified how circadian rhythms synchronize with the seasons. These findings could lead to new treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and insomnia.

How Does Scent Drive Human Behavior?

Researchers have identified how specific scents can motivate your decision making.

Physically Active Children Grow Up to Be Healthier Adults

Why are children who exercise regularly more likely to remain healthy and fit into adulthood?

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