Music Can Be Rocket Fuel for Turbocharging Your Workouts

Do you need a source of motivation that inspires you to exercise more and at a higher intensity? If so, a new study confirms that listening to music makes exercise more enjoyable.

Risky Teenage Behavior Linked to Imbalanced Brain Activity

A new study from Dartmouth pinpoints the brain mechanisms linked to risk-taking and impulse control during adolescence. This discovery explains why teenagers are often reckless.

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

Your Amygdala May House Both Positive and Negative Memories

Positive and negative memories may be housed in specific regions of the amygdala, according to a new mice study. These findings offer many clues for overcoming negativity and fear.

How Empathetic Are Americans? Gender and Generation Matter

America was ranked no. 7 in a first-of-its-kind global survey on empathy. But, not all Americans are equally empathic. Why are some Americans more empathetic to others' suffering?

The Neuroscience of Finger Length Ratio and Athletic Prowess

Neuroscientists have found a correlation between finger length ratios and brain function. A new study reports that having a shorter index finger may indicate athletic potential.

Running May Help Repair Some Types of Brain Damage

Aerobic exercise triggers the production of a molecule that can repair some types of brain damage and speeds up communication between brain regions, new study finds.

Alzheimer's Study Links Triad of Brain Areas with Cognition

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have discovered that various Alzheimer's disease symptoms are linked to a combination of atrophy factors in three different brain regions.

Irisin: The "Exercise Hormone" Is a Fat-Fighting Phenomenon

A new study reports that the exercise-induced hormone irisin can reduce the number of mature fat cells by 20 to 60 percent. If you want to lose weight, irisin production can help.

The Top 10 Ways to De-stress (and Why You Need Them)

A new global survey has identified a strong correlation between rest, relaxation, and well-being. The researchers also conducted a survey that ranks the top 10 restful activities.

Staying Physically Active Promotes Self-Reliance as You Age

A new study from Yale University reports that staying moderately physically active is key to maintaining mobility and a state of independence as people get older.

The Cerebellum May Drive Sex Distinction in Our Social Brain

How do sex differences play a role in the development of our social brain? A new study on specific neurons in the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") offers some valuable clues.

Oxytocin, Spirituality, and the Biology of Feeling Connected

A groundbreaking new study from Duke University has identified a link between oxytocin and feelings of spiritual connectedness.

Thousands of Genes Are Altered by Aerobic Endurance Training

A groundbreaking new study reports that aerobic endurance training can alter 3,400 RNA variants, associated with 2,600 genes. These findings have widespread health implications.

Trust Your Gut—There's Nothing Woo-Woo About the Vagus Nerve

A new study found that financial traders who trust their gut feelings and have grace under pressure are more successful. What is the physiological explanation for this phenomenon?

Study Pinpoints Brain Circuitry of Emotional Decision-Making

We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of making a tough emotional decision. Recently, MIT neuroscientists pinpointed the brain mechanics behind emotional decision-making.

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

William James once said, "We don't laugh because we're happy, we're happy because we laugh." New research confirms that laughter improves psychological and physical well-being.

Your Left Cerebellar Hemisphere May Play a Role in Cognition

Traditionally, the cerebellum has been considered a "non-thinking" part of our brain. However, a new study reports that specific cerebellar brain regions are involved in cognition.

"Moonshadow" Offers Many Clues for Letting Go of Entitlement

A new study pinpoints how a sense of entitlement leads to malcontent, distress, and anger. What can we do to break the cycle of entitlement? Pop music and poetry offer some clues.

One-Two Punch of "Cue and Reward" Makes Exercise a Habit

Do you have trouble sticking with an exercise routine? If so, a new study has identified a simple one-two punch that improves your odds of making exercise a daily habit you enjoy.

Showing the World Her Wabi-Sabi Humanizes Hillary Clinton

Is it possible that having pneumonia could end up being a blessing in disguise for Hillary Clinton by making her seem more human and relatable?

Three Core Tenets at the Heart of Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5-11, 2016. The International Association for Suicide Prevention has pinpointed three core tenets at the heart of suicide prevention.

Study: More Exercise Isn't Necessarily Better for Your Brain

Do you hate to exercise? If so, I have good news. A new study reports that you do not have to be an exercise fanatic to reap the neuroprotective benefits of physical activity.

Unearthing Rarely Heard Songs of Your Youth Is Revitalizing

Overplayed songs become blasé. But, tracking down forgotten music of your youth—and reconnecting with rare nostalgic songs—can take you back in time and make you feel young again.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Pain" Embodies Citizen Science

A groundbreaking initiative in the UK is using smartphone technology and citizen science to identify whether damp and gray weather really does cause stiffness in your joints

Deconstructing the Neurobiology of Resilience

How well do you adapt to stress? A new review deconstructs the underpinnings of resilience and offers clues for ways to make your brain more resilient to distress.

Tonic Levels of Dopamine Lubricate Moments of Superfluidity

Next week in Vienna, neuroscientists will meet for the 2016 Dopamine Conference. In this blog post, I reflect on what I've learned about dopamine through both sport and life.

Back-to-School Precautions for Children Using Smartphones

We all know that texting while driving creates life-threatening hazards. But, a new study reports that walking and using a smartphone can be very unsafe, especially for children.

Your Cerebellum May Dictate How Your Brain Handles Alcohol

A study published today in the Journal of Neuroscience offers fascinating new clues about the brain mechanisms behind reward processing, addiction, and alcohol abuse disorders.