Move Over, Gray Matter—White Matter Is Taking Center Stage

One of the largest studies of white matter (which enables communication between brain regions) ever was published today by scientists from the University of Southern California.

Vagus Nerve Facilitates Guts, Wits, and Grace Under Pressure

There are dozens of easy ways to engage your vagus nerve that can inhibit "fight, flight, or freeze" stress responses, lower anxiety, and give you enough guts to seize the day.

Psilocybin May "Reset" Brain Circuitry of Depressed Patients

Psilocybin may help "kick-start" recovery from treatment-resistant depression by "resetting" neural mechanisms, according to new fMRI brain imaging study.

Study Links Gut Microbiome With "Ridiculously Healthy" Aging

One of the largest human studies on microbiota recently identified a correlation between healthy aging and a healthy gut.

Is Mindfulness Being Mindlessly Overhyped? Experts Say "Yes"

"Mindfulness" needs a clearer definition, more rigorous clinical research, and less media hype—according to an urgent call-to-action by 15 experts from over a dozen universities.

Synchronizing Brain Waves Can Turbocharge Executive Function

A pioneering new study has identified a surprising way to turbocharge executive functions. Someday, this method could be used to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Our Search for Meaning Produces Universal Neural Signatures

A pioneering new fMRI brain imaging study from USC illuminates our human commonality and the universality of our search for meaning in the stories we read.

Black Tea Alters Gut Microbiome in Anti-Obesogenic Ways

Black tea alters gut microbiome in a way that promotes weight loss, according to a new UCLA study on mice.

One Hour of Exercise Per Week Protects Against Depression

60 minutes of easy physical activity per week—without becoming breathless or sweating—can protect against future depression, according to a new landmark study.

The Neuroscience of Contagious Laughter

For the first time, neuroscientists have identified why laughter is contagious.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Can Restore Consciousness

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can restore consciousness even after someone has been in a vegetative state for over a decade, according to a new and potentially revolutionary study.

Expressive Writing Liberates the Mind from Chronic Worrying

Taking a few minutes to jot down your innermost thoughts and feelings can offload chronic worries and makes your brain more efficient, according to a new study.

Oxytocin Ain't Behavin' How Scientists Thought It Would

Contrary to popular belief, oxytocin (which is often called "the love hormone") also has a dark side that intensifies feelings of social defeat and fuels anxiety-driven behavior.

CBT Increases Cerebellum Connectivity to Other Brain Regions

A new UCLA study offers fresh insights into a previously underestimated link between the cerebellum, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning

A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.

Right Brain and Left Brain Share Duties On "As Needed" Basis

Growing evidence debunks the myth of creativity being seated in the "right brain." A new Duke study illuminates how the left brain and right brain can share duties when necessary.

Non-invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Relieve Migraines

In 2002, doctors first noticed that implanted vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) devices relieved migraines. Now, a new handheld VNS device shows promise for headache sufferers.

48 Minutes of Exercise (Per Week!) Has Surprising Benefits

If long workouts aren't for you, there is some good news: A growing body of evidence shows that small doses of physical activity can reap significant benefits as you get older.

Once You've Survived: This Is What It Takes to Thrive Again

Hurricane Irma forged a life-threatened path of destruction that put millions in survival mode. New research on thriving offers fresh clues on bouncing back.

Can't Do It Perfectly? Just Do It, Badly!

Most of us have a fear of failure. New research suggests that lowering expectations and vowing to "Just Do It, Badly" is a motto that can help you overcome performance anxiety.

One Surefire Way to Release Endorphins Into Your Brain

Researchers in Finland have identified a reliable way to trigger the release of endorphins in the human brain.

Dogs Keep Their Owners Happy and Healthy in Symbiotic Ways

What motivates dog owners to stick with habitual walking routines come rain or shine? According to a new study, happiness (not physical health benefits) is their prime motivation.
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Want to Keep Your Brain Youthful? You Should Be Dancing

New research confirms that any type of aerobic activity has neuroprotective benefits. That said, learning choreographed dance routines appear to have specific anti-aging benefits.

Chronic Stress Discombobulates Gut Microbiome Communities

When people are relaxed, gut microbiome communities hum in perfect harmony. However, stress wreaks havoc on the gut-brain axis in unpredictable ways, according to a new study.

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis Relies on Your Vagus Nerve

An extensive scientific review concludes that the vagus nerve facilitates bidirectional communication along the gut-brain axis.

High School Popularity Might Backfire Later in Life

High school popularity may be overrated, according to a new 10-year study.

Top 10 Concerns Parents Have for Their Own Kids (and Others)

Bullying/cyberbullying, internet safety, racial inequities, and school violence top parents' list of concerns for their children's well-being, according to a new 2017 report.

Does Gut Microbiome Influence Mindset and Mental Toughness?

Harvard scientists have pinpointed specific gut microbiome linked to peak athletic performance. Someday soon, these findings could be used to benefit people from all walks of life.

Is Accepting Unpleasant Emotions the Secret to Happiness?

Are you feeling outraged or sad right now? New research reports that accepting negative emotions as part of the ups and downs of life will make you happier in the long run.

Will Trump's Twitter Feed Have Unexpected Boomerang Effects?

Will President Trump's latest Tweets directed at American CEOs result in unexpected outcomes? The theory of psychological reactance helps to explain some of the dynamics at play.

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