Neuroscience Essential Reads

Your Brain Does Not Like Sleeping in a New Place

Only half of your brain enters deep sleep when you try to sleep in an unfamiliar place.

Why It's So Hard to Fall Asleep When You're Away From Home

There's no place to sleep like home - with new challenges for travel.

Daydream Your Way to Better Grades

Got a final exam tomorrow (or some other memory task)? A good night’s sleep is the best preparation, but what if you don't have time for sleep? New research offers a ray of hope.

Tool Use and the Emergence of Language

Motor and language skills may seem distinct, but in human brains they are closely related.

Can Dogs See in Ultraviolet?

Recent research suggests that dogs may see patterns in the ultraviolet that are invisible to humans.

Rumination: A Problem in Anxiety and Depression

Rumination is one of the similarities between anxiety and depression. Ruminating is simply repetitively going over a thought or a problem without completion.

Chimps Like Us: Baby, We Were Born to Run

New research shows that humans became large-brained, large-bodied animals through natural selection. Running appears to have helped us fuel brain growth.

Is Fish Oil Beneficial for the Brain?

All the latest data about mental health and omega-3 fatty acids for dementia, depression, and ultra-high risk of schizophrenia.

Neurobiology of Self-Control in Dogs

By Gregory S. Berns on April 17, 2016 plus2sd
A new study in dogs trained for MRI shows the part of the brain necessary for impulse control.

Is Love Simply a Puff of Oxytocin?

Bonding is an essential part of social, sexual and family life. How much is this due to one simple chemical in the brain?

The Dangers of a Wandering Mind

We spend almost half of our days lost in aimless thought. Here's how an understanding of mind wandering can lead to greater happiness.

The Data Says "Don't Hug the Dog!"

An analysis of photographs of people affectionately hugging their dogs shows that the majority of the dogs are experiencing stress and anxiety at that moment.

Late Breaking News About Your Mind-Body Health Connection

Hot-off-the-press "Big Data" showing why mental health is crucial for physical health....and vice versa

Babies' Brains May Process Social Thinking Via Motor Systems

A new study published today reports (for the first time) that motor systems in the brain may drive infants' earliest social learning, thinking, and behavior.

Your Brain and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Time for spring cleaning? You can straighten up your house as much as you like, but you might want to leave a little disorder in your brain.

What's Worse for Your Brain Than a Concussion?

By Meg Selig on April 12, 2016 Changepower
Parents now know the possible harms from concussions. But this other common activity could also damage the brains of both young and old—yet it is widely accepted as "normal."

Human Information Gathering: How Can We Proceed?

The behavioural and brain sciences can transform forensic, policing, judicial, and intelligence practices, and enhance operational effectiveness ethically.

How Secular Spirituality Inspires Effective Psychotherapy

People of incompatible faiths have reported profound spiritual experiences—secular meditation distills what is essential. Can we extract what is necessary from psychotherapy?

The Consequences of Neglect

There is a startling disconnect between the scientific evidence and child welfare practices in many places in the world.

What, Exactly, Is Gender Equality? It’s Not Numbers

Gender differences in behavior may have a biological as well as a social determinant. Can we envisage a time when we accept these as true examples of individuality?

What Inhibits Eye Contact During Emotional Conversations?

A groundbreaking new study on autism has identified neuroscientific reasons that explain why it can be difficult to maintain eye contact when you're talking about your feelings.

On Human Genetic Enhancement

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 03, 2016 How To Do Life
An interview with George Church

Mindfulness Training Optimizes Brain Connectivity

Researchers have pinpointed how mindfulness triggers brain changes that can help people—who are “stuck” in a rut of repetitive thinking and rumination—turn off negative thoughts.

How Should We Interrogate the Brain?

Interrogation practices need to forget Hollywood and embrace science, thereby enhancing reliable information gathering, operational effectiveness, as well as justice and ethics.

How Using Your GPS Too Much Could Kill You

Relying exclusively on our smartphone's GPS function not only erodes our personal spatial skills, but could adversely affect our brain. Also, it cuts us off from the real world

A Dog's Size and Head Shape Predicts Its Behavior

New data suggests that the behavioral tendencies of dogs can be predicted by their height, weight, and whether they have long or short skulls.

Why Psychiatry Should Discard The Idea of Free Will

If psychiatry is a medicine of the mind, but our common ideas of the mind are wrong, where does that leave the medicine?

A Curable Brain Disorder?

Genetic developmental disorders of the brain are usually considered incurable. But recent results suggest that, in Rett's syndrome at least, this may not be the case.

10 Easy Steps for Breathing Calm Into Your Anxious Brain

If you suffer from anxiety, your brain may have shifted into a perpetual state of “hyper-alert.” Here is a simple technique for restoring calm to your brain and your life.