Essential Reads

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron influences brain maturation and deficiency may play a role in ADHD.

How to Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

Empathy works by analogy, mirror neurons, or embodied simulation.

This Is Your Brain at 100%

Movies and old-fashioned marketing help to perpetuate a brain myth held by many.

How Your Emotions Really Work

When the tail wags the dog.

Recent Posts on Neuroscience

Exercise, Movement, and The Brain

Studies of bodily movement and human health generally fall into two categories that reinforce one another: exercise studies and sitting studies. What emerges in the crossfire is a sense that bodily movement is the determining ingredient of health.

Eat Yourself Happy

What does food have to do with depression or anxiety? A lot. Paying attention to your diet not only promotes good physical health but can also improve your mental health.

On Thanksgiving: Patients Who Gift Their Time to Research

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Trouble in Mind
In neuropsychology, functional MRI and other high-tech methods cannot give the detail single cases can provide. And the history of science, whatever the discipline, still has lessons for students and researchers in today's world.

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain and vital for normal brain development and human behavior. It is a key cofactor in the making of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that affect neuron signaling, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and especially dopamine.

Heavy Metal: Iron and the Brain

Iron deficiency is an incredibly common condition associated with higher levels of psychiatric and neurologic problems.

Do Stronger Muscles Mean Better Brains?

It's not what you do with muscles - it's what you did to make them.

Review of Windt's book on dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Dream Catcher
Windt expertly and systematically reviews the latest research on the nature of dreams.

High Potency Marijuana Damages Cerebral Brain Connections

A new study reports that smoking marijuana with high levels of THC damages brain connections between the left and right hemispheres of the cerebrum.

Understanding OCD

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 Think Well
Here's some information that will help you to better understand the crippling anxiety disorder of OCD, how to best treat it, and why the treatment works.

How to Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 Hot Thought
You can empathize with people in three ways: recognizing their situations as analogous to your own, perceiving their pain or emotions using mirror neurons, or simulating their experiences using unconscious embodied rules.

Dog Training Using Behavior Capture

Behavior capture is a simple and enjoyable way to train dogs and puppies to respond to basic obedience commands.

Patients with Misophonia Require Help and Understanding

Sufferers cannot tolerate certain sounds, and avoidance leads to social isolation.

Choose Gratitude Your Own Way for Good

The holiday season can seem like both the best of times and the worst of times. Don't just cope effectively with holiday stress, take advantage of the season to achieve your best life by choosing gratitude today and everyday and doing it in your own way.

Lose Weight Instantly With Optical Illusions

Forget the gym this holiday. Applying perceptual neuroscience is faster.

4 Psychological Smartphone Apps Designed to Benefit Behavior

Too little sleep, too much stress, anxiety over getting the kids to school on time, and a fear of flying are common issues that are addressed by these smartphone or tablet apps.

How to Save the World

Could the same nightmares we fear possibly also be the soul-stimuli that we need to grow in compassion and love?

In Discussing "Youth," Jane Fonda Touches on "Superfluidity"

Jane Fonda recently described the awe-inspiring aspects of having a peak experience while discussing her upcoming movie 'Youth.'

4 Steps to Prevent a Bad Divorce

By Wendy Paris on November 24, 2015 Splitopia
While we've all heard horror stories of expensive, nasty divorces, there are steps we can take to help ensure our own break-up does not follow that model.

Will Virtual Reality Usher In A New Romantic Era At Work?

By Tim Leberecht on November 23, 2015 The Romance of Work
The advent of VR in the workplace will represent a new stage for the experience economy. HR departments must start hiring experience designers, writers, and storytellers; IT department must add some serious VR expertise; and team leaders and executives must become curators of experiences.

When is Depression Not Depression? Part 2

Being discouraged is a state that sounds like depression, but the causes are so different.

Child Rearing: Boundaries and Love

At a certain point during breastfeeding, it is natural for the baby to bite the breast. This is one of many important avenues for mother and baby to negotiate their boundaries—between self and other. All of child rearing revolves around boundaries and love.

How Does Exercise Protect Your Brain from Degeneration?

Two new studies have identified various ways that exercise protects the brain from degeneration as we age.

We Are Becoming Gods

By Mario D Garrett PhD on November 21, 2015 iAge
While we are behaving more like gods, we are learning that we are less human.

What Does Black Friday Do to Your Brain?

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 21, 2015 On Vitality
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.

Why We’re Addicted to Our Smartphones, But Not Our Tablets

As mobile technology has become integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, our smartphones are shifting from device to dependency.

Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?

Whether a parent senses screen-time is having a negative impact on a child or simply feels there's way too much of it, constantly managing electronics use can drive parents crazy. Here are three tips to help parents go from thinking "something needs to change" to taking decisive action.

What to Do if Your Kid Is a Sociopath?

Recent neuroscience suggests there might be hope.

This Is Your Brain at 100%

By Kevin Bennett on November 21, 2015 Modern Minds
Is your brain operating at only 10% capacity? Here is why the answer is a lot like Bigfoot.

Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Navigating technology with children and teenagers isn’t easy, especially when it comes to nighttime and sleep.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.