The CODES of a Good Date

Learn the C.O.D.E.S of a good date! Cortisol, Oxytocin, Dopamine, Endorphins, and Serotonin.

The Day After Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day should be a joyful celebration, and our mothers deserve a special day. But what about the day after Mother’s Day? What can neuroscience teach us about that?

Don’t Try to be Happy on International Day of Happiness

We’ve always simply taken it as a given that our ultimate goal should be happiness. But is kindness a better goal?

Couples360 Part 2: Successful Couples Therapy Elements

In part 2 of our discussion of Couples360, a new collaborative therapy approach, we lay out the 5 crucial elements for couples therapy.

Couples360, Part 1: A Fresh Approach for Couples Counseling

Is it time for a new approach in couples therapy? Instead of traditional couples therapy, Couples360's collaborative therapy approach treats the relationship itself as the patient.

What Does Black Friday Do to Your Brain?

Did you know that Black Friday is bad for your brain? Based on neuroscience, we've got the perfect way to turn Black Friday into Bright Friday.

Beauty Matters Part 3: Evolving Beauty

Every woman is beautiful, and it’s up to her to see it and nourish it in herself. She must use her evolved beauty sensors to love the woman she is. When she has achieved this goal, others will certainly see her as beautiful.

The 15 Gifts of Aging

My friend, Mr. Rollin Stirman, is truly an inspiring man. At 72 years old he launched a new business. Rollin and I talked about the many advantages of starting a new venture at this stage of life. We hope by sharing his list on the 15 gifts of aging, others will be inspired to harness the incredible productivity that can develop in later years.

Beauty Matters Part 2: The Hardware of Hunting and Porn

Our ancestors lived in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and (surprising to some) sexual partners--and it was these conditions that gave birth to the design of our brains. It turns out that while we were designed for pairing, we are also designed for sharing. It is this ancient hardware that drives our behavior in curious directions...

Beauty Matters Part 1: The Hardware of Sexual Attraction

There is no escaping our ancient sexual hardwiring when it comes to our primal responses to archetypes of beauty. We are, however, completely able to update our software. But to successfully update our beauty software, we must further understand our beauty hardware.

The Neuroscience of Vitality, Tip 5: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

In our supplement crazy world, this one actually seems to make sense. Western diets are seriously lacking in Omega 3 fatty acid, and depletion can lead to mood instability and depression.

The Neuroscience of Vitality, Tip 4: Oxytocin

I have gathered my top seven neuroscience tips for vitality that have proven to be useful for virtually all of my patients, and I am eager to share them with you. In my previous articles, you learned about neuroplasticity, mirror neurons, and BDNF. Today, in my fourth vitality tip, you’ll learn about oxytocin—the root of intimacy, trust, and serenity.

The Neuroscience of Vitality, Tip 3: Boost IQ with BDNF

Our brains secret an amazing chemical called BDNF (brain-deprived neurotrophic factor). What this means is that when you exercise, you are actually getting smarter, not just fitter.

The Neuroscience of Vitality, Tip 2: Mirror Neurons

We are hardwired for empathy via our mirror neurons Our brains have “mirror neurons” that fire when we watch others engage in activities and express emotions. Learn how to use mirror neurons to your advantage.

The Neuroscience of Vitality, Tip 1: Neuroplasticity

As a practicing psychiatrist, I have gathered my top seven neuroscience tips for vitality that have proven to be useful for virtually all of my patients, and I am eager to share them with you. Today, I'll talk about one of the best findings in neuroscience: Our brains are neuroplastic!

Parenting and the Amazing Teen Brain, Part 3

Age 12-25 is a time of massive brain reorganization. So, what can you, as a parent, do to help your teen develop in spite of these challenges?

The Secret Superpowers of Fathers

It seems every year (especially recently), we learn more and more about the effect of fathers. With mothers, the connections are tangible, overt, highly visible, and--in many cases--quite obvious. Fathers, on the other hand, have effects that--while enormous--may seem far less tangible and not nearly as powerful...unless you know where to look.

The Secret Superpowers of Mothers

There’s something special about moms. Dads, aunts, siblings, grandparents, step-parents, and others can be vitally important, of course, but today I’m just going to talk about mothers...and neuroscience has a lot to say on this subject!

The Neuroscience of Giving

Neuroscience has demonstrated that giving is a powerful pathway for creating more personal joy and improving overall health.

Personal Branding and Brain Science

Social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are turning people into brands. So how do we harness personal branding for happier brains? Personal branding is all about the art of selling yourself. Understanding how the brain works will make you more effective in “seducing” business opportunities.

Parenting and the Amazing Teen Brain, Part 2

Teens are wired to seek novelty and take risks because this is precisely what is required of them at this stage of development. The other huge driver at this age is to find a mate. Put all of these together, and BOOM.

Parenting and the Amazing Teen Brain Part 1

Become a better parent by understanding the amazing teen brain.

Anti-Aging, Healthy is Hip Generation Has Arrived

Reflections from a lifetime vegan.

"I Am Not Going to London"

It's the journey, not the destination.

Facebook and Your Brain

Why getting hooked on Facebook is so easy.

The Therapist's Office

What does our office say about us?


Raising a special needs child. Reflections from Saint Patrick's Cathedral. 

Embracing Reverend Desmond Tutu

 Reverend Tutu asks us to create more goodness in the world.

A Medical Student's View of Depression

 Depression during medical school?

Poor is the New Black for 2010

As spending goes out of style, saving is in.