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New research suggests that pink-colored sports drinks may enhance athletic performance and boost "feel-good" associations with exercise.
Seeking real-life social support, as opposed to support from social media networks, may help reduce anxiety, depressive symptoms, and loneliness, a new study reports.
Accumulating evidence suggests that the human cerebellum evolved in ways that make our brains extraordinary.
Regardless of whether or not someone is a parent—adults from all walks of life display more willingness to help others in the presence of children, new research suggests.
Next to gray matter, white matter is often treated as a supporting player. But new research affirms its importance for cognitive function.
A recently published 30-year study identifies how childhood maltreatment is often passed down from generation to generation and offers some advice on how to disrupt this cycle.
Smiling too much during a fundraising pitch may undermine an entrepreneur's ability to raise seed money from potential investors, a new study reports.
A new study suggests that using your imagination to make commonplace things seem valuable can shape goal-directed behavior.
A new fMRI study suggests that the imagined usefulness of an option shapes representations of it in the brain during goal-directed behavior.
A new method of activating the body's "natural painkillers" shows promise for alleviating pain with fewer side effects.
Accumulating evidence suggests that short bouts of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may have comparable health benefits to longer bouts of moderate-intensity exercise.
A new meta-analysis of 419 studies identifies eight different psychological interventions that can be tailored to help improve mental well-being.
Enzymes in the cerebellum may play a previously under-recognized role in mediating how alcohol affects the brain and why drinking too much makes people drunk, a new study reports.
Five hours of moderate exercise a week may help prevent hypertension in midlife.
Mindfulness may decrease prosocial behavior when individuals think more about "me" and less about "we," a new study reports.
New research suggests that using "non-alarm" screams to express joy and pleasure makes humans evolutionarily unique.
Back in 1963, The Beatles summed up how good it feels to hold someone's hand. But if you want to walk briskly, holding hands is likely to slow you down, a new study reports.
New research may help explain why rare, seemingly out-of-this-world rewards trigger a more intense neurobiological response than more probable rewards.
Growing evidence suggests that the neuroprotective benefits of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise may be linked to increasing cerebral blood flow to the brain.
New research suggests that staying physically fit may improve kids' academic performance by boosting cognitive flexibility, which indirectly benefits overall executive functions.
Resolving arguments before the day's end may lower everyday stress in a way that promotes living a longer and healthier life over time, new research suggests.
One cardio workout may promote deeper sleep, even if the person sleeping doesn't realize they're spending more time in the deepest level of sleep, a new study reports.
Holding on to negative emotions may activate the amygdala in ways that decrease one's psychological well-being over time, a new study reports.
Heavy drinking may cause certain parts of the brain to shrink, a new study suggests.
A new fMRI study shows how handwritten notebooks activate the brain more robustly than using mobile devices and offers some advice for boosting memory recall when using a device.
Losing yourself in a nature-based or art-based virtual reality environment can elicit feelings of awe and "the sublime," a new VR-based study reports.
Losing gray matter volume asymmetrically in both cerebral hemispheres or in the right cerebellar hemisphere may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, accumulating evidence suggests.
While we sleep, the brain cleans itself by washing away toxic waste. New research suggests that "brain washing" during sleep also helps the brain heal after a traumatic injury.
New research sheds light on how competition drives neurons in the cerebellum to grow faster, branch out, and make connections.
New research suggests that despite all the lifestyle disruptions caused by COVID-19 lockdowns, staying physically active may offset people's risk of depression during the pandemic.
Christopher Bergland is a retired ultra-endurance athlete turned science writer, public health advocate, and promoter of cerebellum ("little brain") optimization.