How Does Practice Hardwire Long-Term Muscle Memory?

Why is it that once you've learned how to ride a bicycle or serve a tennis ball that you never forget the muscle memory involved in these actions? A team of neuroscientists recently pinpointed a new mechanism behind the consolidation long-term motor memory.

10 Ways Musical Training Boosts Brain Power

A wide range of new research shows that playing a musical instrument can boost brain function throughout a person's lifespan.

How Does Body Posture Affect Early Learning and Memory?

A fascinating new study has combined state-of-the-art robotics with research on human infants to reveal that posture plays a critical role in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge.

The Cerebellum Deeply Influences Our Thoughts and Emotions

Yesterday there was a report on NPR about groundbreaking new research on the cerebellum from Harvard Medical School. The latest neuroscience shows that the cerebellum plays an important role in creating fluidity between our thoughts, actions, emotions, and cognitive processes.

Is the Intense Pressure to Succeed Sabotaging Our Children?

Last week, a 13-year-old killed himself after receiving an email from his school that he was behind in his homework. What is the toll of putting so much academic and extracurricular pressure on children? What can parents, teachers, and policy makers do to break this vicious cycle and reduce the insanity of the K-12 rat race of trying to get into an A-list college?

The Cerebellum Holds Many Clues for Creating Humanoid Robots

Recent discoveries show that the cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") holds vital clues for the future creation of sentient robots and androids that are featured in upcoming blockbuster movies like Chappie, Ex Machina, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

What Motivates People to Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices?

A Cornell University study released yesterday offers new insights that can help you create a personalized inner-dialogue and messaging strategy that will motivate you to make healthier lifestyle choices every day.

How Do Genes Sway the Sensitivity or Resilience of a Child?

New research from Duke University shows that early childhood interventions can help even the most sensitive and vulnerable children blossom into resilient and extraordinary adults.

Neuroscientists Identify How Mindset Alters Pain Perceptions

Neuroscientists have identified a specific brain pathway that makes independent contributions to perceptions of pain and can be altered by changes in mindset.

Optimism Is Good For Your Heart

A new study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has found that people who are optimistic have significantly better cardiovascular health.

How Is the Cerebellum Linked to Bipolar Disorder?

A new brain imaging technique has enabled University of Iowa researchers to identify specific brain abnormalities linked to bipolar disorder for the first time.

Why Does Having a Positive Attitude Keep You Healthier?

For the first time, a December 2014 study has found that laughing gas (nitrous oxide) shows promise for helping symptoms of treatment-resistant depression.

Subliminal Cues Impact Motivation, Endurance, and Longevity

Two recent studies have found that subliminal visual cues can improve athletic performance, as well as, physical functioning in older individuals by reducing stereotypes of aging and fatigue.

Why Does Physical Inactivity Drain Human Brain Power?

Neuroscience has confirmed that physical activity boosts brain power. On the flip side, being physically inactive drains brain power. Why does physical inactivity drain human brain power?

Can Reading a Fictional Story Make You More Empathetic?

Neuroscientists have discovered that reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” lights up the same brain regions that would be involved in watching someone else moving—or flying on a broom—in the real world. Reading fiction can make the reader more empathetic by activating the brain regions associated with another person's life experience.

The Whites of Your Eyes Convey Subconscious Truths

A new study has found that our eye whites communicate important social cues that are key to our bonding and survival at a conscious and unconscious level,

How Can Daydreaming Improve Goal-Oriented Results?

Daydreamers can also be superachievers. Neuroscientists have discovered that mind-wandering can boost cognitive performance and the achievement of goals.

Autism, Purkinje Cells, and the Cerebellum Are Intertwined

A November 24, 2014 study from the University of Chicago Medical Center identified that Purkinje cells in the cerebellum are linked to motor skill deficits in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Imagination and Reality Flow Conversely Through Your Brain

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have discovered that when people use their imagination or daydream that information flows in the opposite direction compared to when they see actual images of the same scene.

How Are Purkinje Cells in the Cerebellum Linked to Autism?

Scientists at the annual 2014 Society for Neuroscience meeting (November 14-19) in Washington D.C. presented unpublished research that links the Purkinje cells of the cerebellum with autism spectrum disorders.

The Neuroscience of Knowing Without Knowing

Neuroscientists are beginning to understand how the brain learns and stores procedural memories without your conscious mind being cognizant of this implicit knowledge.

Is Cerebellum Size Linked to Human Intelligence?

A new study on brain evolution suggests that an explosive growth of cerebellum size led to superior human intelligence.

Can Exercise Protect Your Brain From Depression?

Recent studies have found that physical activity can trigger neurobiological changes that may help protect your brain from depression.

8 Ways Exercise Can Help Your Child Do Better in School

In this blog post, I chronicle eight recent studies that show why exercise can help your child do better in school.

Moving Your Body Is Good for Your Mind

The ancient Greeks built a civilization around the concept of a sound mind in a sound body. Centuries ago, John Locke said, “A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world: he that has these two, has little more to wish for." Modern science continues to confirm the link between a healthy mind and a healthy body.

Why Is Physical Activity So Good for Your Brain?

Neuroscientists around the globe agree that physical activity is the best medicine for maintaining brain health throughout your lifespan. Why is physical activity so good for your brain? Two new studies from the University of Illinois bring us one step closer to solving this riddle.

What Is the Best Medicine for Your Well-Being?

Hippocrates—who is considered by many to be the father of modern medicine—said famously, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” Over two millennia later, a new study reaffirms that exercise is the best medicine for mental and physical well-being.

Five Lifestyle Choices That Can Help You Live Longer

A new study from Northwestern University has identified 5 simple lifestyle choices that can lead to a longer and healthier life.

Does Playing a Musical Instrument Make You Smarter?

A new study from Boston Children’s Hospital found a correlation between musical training and improved executive function in both children and adults.

Why Does Aerobic Activity Improve Cognitive Function?

A researcher from Dartmouth College has found that 12 minutes of aerobic exercise improves cognitive function for children and adolescents.