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New research deconstructs how stretched words like "hahaha" and "hehehe" are changing the way we communicate.
The latest self-nudging technique involves copying someone else's behavior to promote goal achievement.
Self-nudging is a relatively easy way to make healthier lifestyle choices on a daily basis and break bad habits.
New research identifies a potent pain-suppression center in the brain that can be turned on and off.
Humans and other social animals rely on social connection for their well-being and survival, according to a recently published review.
New research shows how self-produced versions of chemicals that are found in cannabis may reduce anxiety and diminish traumatic memories.
A growing body of evidence suggests that aerobic exercise can boost brain power across the lifespan by increasing cerebral blood flow during cardio workouts.
New research traces the brain-to-gut connection between stress and stomach ulcers.
New research identifies four approaches for increasing kids' motivation to stay active and one big "no-no" that makes children less motivated to seek physical activity.
Cardio workouts improve blood flow to the brain. New research shows that starting an exercise program (and sticking with it) improves cognition and cerebrovascular regulation.
New research suggests that specific neurons in the cerebellum may regulate aggressive behaviors.
Feeling an unconscious sense of wonder may cause someone's pupils to widen, according to new research.
Running on a treadmill may increase brain plasticity and make it easier to master motor skills unrelated to running when you get off the treadmill.
People over age 95 without dementia tend to have stronger "left brain-right brain" functional connectivity, a new study reports.
A new earbud-like device that non-invasively stimulates the vagus nerve shows promise for relieving indigestion.
New research puts the importance of being fun and feeling authentic in the spotlight.
New research suggests that kids who are fun to be around may benefit from a "halo effect" that makes them more likable, popular—and subsequently—even more fun to be around.
Parents who try to hide their emotions during times of distress may inadvertently create more stress and a sense of disconnection for their kids.
Stay-at-home orders may exacerbate depression by disrupting mood homeostasis that relies on mood-increasing activities.
Are you experiencing depressive symptoms? If so, the PHQ-9 is a widely-validated questionnaire that screens for major depression and can help assess depression severity.
New research identifies how glucose may hijack the gut-brain axis in a way that drives sugar cravings.
Flamingos form loyal friendships that endure for many years, according to a recently published five-year study.
A new brain imaging study identifies a specific insight-related neural reward signal that can make "Aha!" moments intensely pleasurable.
Parent-infant hugs calm the baby being hugged and the parent doing the hugging on a physiological level, according to a new study.
Food-seeking behaviors may be driven by dopamine neuron activity that is mediated by the vagus nerve, according to a new study in mice.
A new international study led by researchers at Stanford University reaffirms that infant-directed speech (i.e., baby talk) is favored by babies across the world.
Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) is a new approach to treating childhood anxiety disorders by reducing excessive amounts of "parental accommodation."
White matter functional connectivity throughout the entire brain may play a bigger role in general intelligence than previously believed.
Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that the "left brain" can play a big role in creativity.
What's the best way to express support for your friends and loved ones who are feeling stressed out? New research identifies when the comforting process fails and when it succeeds.
Christopher Bergland is a world-class endurance athlete, coach, author, and political activist.