What a Rush!

What a Rush!

Why does falling in love feel so amazing? What makes eating a second piece of cake, engaging in extreme sports, or getting a flurry of Facebook 'likes' deliver a rush? It's in large part about the chemicals coursing through the brain. Cover image: Shutterstock

When the Thrill is Gone: Reward Deficiency Syndrome

By Marc Lewis Ph.D.
Not enough dopamine receptors? Then you might just want to get high.

In Search of the Arousal Procrastinator

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D.
You work better under pressure, do you?

Can the Cocaine-rush of New Love Be Sustained for 50 Years?

By Shauna H Springer
Some couples go to extremes to be exceptions to the rule.

Adrenaline Rushes: Can They Help Us Deal with a Real Crisis?

By David F. Swink
Harness the power of adrenaline. It can help you cope.

Improve Your Mood Instantly

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
Why Daydreaming Gets Us Down

Love, Sex, Relationships and the Brain

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Does neuroscience hold the key to a lifetime of passionate love?

Oniomania: The Mind of a Shopaholic

By Mark Banschick M.D.
When Shopping Becomes an Illness

My Favorite Ways to Raise Oxytocin

By Paul J. Zak
Lab-tested methods to raise oxytocin, and feel better about yourself and others.

Born to Be Junk Food Junkies

By Linda Wasmer Andrews
Pregnant moms may pass along junk food addiction to their babies.

The Hidden Role of Flattery and Baby Talk in Romantic Love

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
It may be annoying to outsiders, but it serves a crucial need.

Going For a Song

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D.
Can listening to music be addictive?

From Self-Indulgence to Self-Nurturing

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Can self-indulgence be a kind of self-medication?

Give to Feel Good

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D.
January is National Thank You Month. Top three reasons why you should give.

Halloween Candy and the Countdown to the Election

By Judith J. Wurtman Ph.D.
Everyone's waiting worldwide

Do Dogs Have a "Eureka" Feeling When Solving Problems?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
Like people, dogs get a burst of positive feeling when they solve a problem.

The Natural High of Laughter

By Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.
Laughter: A Remedy for Stress

Driving While Relaxed

By Marty Nemko Ph.D.
Eight techniques for replacing road rage with commute calm.

Six Everlasting Truths about Deception

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Lie detection may be harder than it looks, and that could be a good thing.

Serial Killer Myth #4: They Want To Get Caught.

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D.
Serial killers get better and bolder with experience.

A New Sobriety

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D.
Why Alcohol Moderation Programs Are Urgently Needed

The Science of Groovin'

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D.
A metaphor where psychology, philosophy and music meet

Why We Perceive Hershey's New Logo as the Poo Emoji

By Jordan Gaines Lewis
Why does the Hershey's Kiss look like the poop emoji? Neuroscience explains.


By Mark Sherman Ph.D.
How someone's brash remark can help you see who you really are.

Transforming "I Can't" or "I Don't" into "I DID IT!"

By Patty Chang Anker
When we choose to try, and choose to hang in there, we can surprise ourselves

"Synesthesia is in the mind, not the brain" - Geoffrey Rush

By Maureen Seaberg
Part two of an interview with the esteemed actor about his cross-sensory world

Five Ways to Beat “Will-He-Marry-Me?” Mindset

By Jill P. Weber Ph.D.
First, Don't Get Lost in the Fairy Tale