Unexpected Double Whammy: Opioids Prolong and Intensify Pain

A troubling new study reports (for the first time) that even short-term use of opioids may increase and prolong chronic pain.

New Brain Maps Capture Parenting Behavior in Vivid Snapshots

A revolutionary neuroimaging technique was introduced this week. The new brain maps create vivid snapshots that illustrate how various "parental regions" of the brain operate.

Want to Up Your Game? Visual Guidance Optimizes Motor Skills

A new visually guided coaching method improves both gaze patterns and the acquisition of complex motor skills.

Neuroscience Pinpoints How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

In a groundbreaking new study, neuroscientists have pinpointed the brain mechanisms that drive habit formation.

No. 1 Reason Having Vivid Dreams Benefits Your Brain

A groundbreaking study has identified—for the first time—a direct causal link between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and memory formation.

Harvard Research Shows How the Cerebellum Regulates Thoughts

Harvard neuroscientists have discovered how the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") regulates human cognition. This could have dramatic implications for advances in psychiatry.

We Are, Where We Are: Spatial Cognition Shapes Our Self-Hood

The physical environments that surround you have a huge impact on who you are in the present moment and cumulatively throughout your lifespan, according to new research.

5 Reasons the Cerebellum Is Key to Thriving in a Digital Age

For human beings to thrive in a digital age, the cerebellum must not be allowed to atrophy by sitting all day, limiting face-to-face contact, or excessive screen time.

The Mind Mechanics of Making Simple Decisions

Every day, you make dozens of small decisions. What are the mind mechanics behind decisions such as, "Should I order coffee or tea?" Neuroscientists have identified how we decide.

How Are Digital Devices Changing the Way We Think?

A new study from Darmouth College has pinpointed when it's best to read something printed on paper—and, other times, when it's better to read something from a digital device.

Smartphones Reveal How the Modern World Is (Not) Sleeping

Do you sleep with a smartphone next to your bed? If so, compelling new research offers multiple reasons to turn off your phone (and other digital devices) one hour before bedtime.

The Neuroscience of How We Intentionally Forget Experiences

Researchers at Dartmouth College have pinpointed how we remember, and forget, both good and bad memories.

Are Tattered American Dreams Destroying Our Nation's Psyche?

Why are Americans self-destructing in record numbers? Tattered American Dreams and malcontent may be driving our nation's suicide epidemic and opioid addictions.

Even In Polluted Cities, Walking and Biking Are Good For You

Even if you live in a polluted city, a new study reports that the health benefits of walking or biking—as a form of transportation—outweigh the risks of breathing air pollution.

Gimme a Break! You Can Get Stronger, Without Working Harder

Are you feeling weak and lazy? If so, I have good news. Scientists have identified a way to increase muscle mass without having to exert any effort.

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."

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