The Upward Spiral of Healthy Behaviors and Positive Emotions

A new study from Penn State found that people who reported more positive emotions were more likely to be physically active and have healthier habits. Which came first, the positive emotions or the healthy habits?

Face-to-Face Social Contact Reduces Risk of Depression

Having limited face-to-face social contact can nearly double someone's risk of depression, according to a new study.

Work, Love, Play: Do You Have a Healthy Inner Balance?

Do you have a healthy inner balance between work, love, and play? If not, this blog post offers some clues on how to create more inner balance inspired by theories of Erik Erikson and the insights of Doris Kearns Goodwin based on her extensive knowledge of former American presidents.

Purkinje Cells Burst to Life with State-Dependent Excitation

Neuroscientists have discovered that Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum toggle between a silent "down" state and a bursting "up" state depending on levels of electrical activity.

One Thousand Reasons Breaking a Sweat Is the Best Medicine

Do you hate to exercise? Would you rather take a pill that mimics the benefits of working out than actually going to the gym? A new study has identified over one thousand molecular reactions to exercise. These findings could lead to the development of a drug that imitates the health benefits of breaking a sweat.

How Are Human Traits Linked to Specific Brain Connections?

Researchers at Oxford University have identified that positive and negative human traits are linked to specific brain connections.

One Easy Question Can Help Break the Anxiety Cycle

Researchers have identified that asking yourself one easy question can help break the anxiety cycle.

Negative Spiritual Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Well-Being

New research shows that people who believe that a higher power or "God" is punishing them with an illness tend to have significantly poorer health outcomes.

Large City Parks and Green Spaces Promote Well-Being

A new study confirms the importance of both large city parks and smaller green spaces for maintaining the well-being of both urban residents and a city's ecosystem.

Optimism and Anxiety Change the Structure of Your Brain

Neuroscientists have identified that adults who have a larger orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) tend to be more optimistic and less anxious.

One Simple Way to Improve Your Brain Function

Do you want to improve the structure and function of your brain? New research shows that one simple lifestyle habit can optimize brain function and structure throughout a person’s lifespan.

The Dark Side of Mythic Quests and the Spirit of Adventure

My pursuit for otherworldly peak experience through athletics was glorious but it also almost killed me. When I saw the trailer for the upcoming Everest movie, it reminded me of the importance of returning home alive after any mythic quest.

New Paradigm of Thought Demystifies Cognitive Flexibility

Researchers have created a new model of cognitive flexibility based on four components.

Why Do Girls and Boys with Autism Have Differing Behaviors?

Researchers at Stanford University have identified that boys with autism have different brain structure than girls with autism.

Superfluidity: Decoding the Enigma of Cognitive Flexibility

Brain researchers have developed new tools for predicting levels of cognitive flexibility and "superfluidity" of thought.

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.