Neuroscience Essential Reads

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.

How Your Emotions Really Work

It can be the opposite of what you think.

Hearing With Our Eyes, Seeing With Our Ears

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Talking Apes
Consciousness is a virtual reality in the head, the brain’s best guess as to what’s out there in the world.

The Clothes You Wear Can Affect a Dog's Emotional State

Data shows that if your clothing has stripes vs polka-dots or plain color, it can provoke an emotional response in dogs

Coffee Talk

Coffee: Morning savior or caffeinated devil?

Is Your Therapy Working as it Should?

Not all therapies produce the results you want. How good is yours?

How Depression Prepared Me For A Death In The Family

By Tom Wootton on November 17, 2015 Bipolar Advantage
If I did not understand how to function during depression or, worse yet, still clung to the notion that it is not possible, I would have been a burden to my family instead of an asset. Most people fear they will break down and become a burden on those around them or that their bipolar loved ones will break down and add to the already difficult situation.

Consciousness and Memory

The role of memory in consciousness is often taken for granted. Without the brain's various memory systems it would be unlikely that conscious experience would even occur. Consciousness not only relies on working memory to maintain perceptual and other information but also on long-term memory to enrich our present experience with information from the past.

The Biological Citizen: Neuropolitics as Aim and Danger

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 13, 2015 Side Effects
Neuropolitics is going global. To what end? At what cost?

The Art (and Science) of “Aping”

Human beings are smart. But, according to Joseph Henrich, the impact of the innate intelligence of individuals may be over-rated. Quite often, for example, European explorers who got lost did not survive. The takeaway, Henrich suggests, in an immensely ambitious new book, is that our species' uniqueness lies less in the power of individual minds than in collective brains.

Do Video Games Measure IQ?

Games like Big Brain Academy on the Wii are marketed to us as brain training tools to help us get sharper and have a good time doing it. We never really consider another option: That perhaps these games are actually measuring our IQ.

What Puts People at Ease?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 09, 2015 Your Wise Brain
Much of the time the fear we trigger in others is mild but people can feel threatened by stimuli they're not actually aware of.

How to Strengthen Your Brain's Happiness Circuitry

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on November 04, 2015 PreFrontal Nudity
I used to think that being happier was all about teaching yourself to think more positively. But often the most powerful path to increasing happiness is to strengthen the right brain circuits by using these five simple neuroscience tips.

The Mysteries of Habit

Neuroscience research brings together seemingly unrelated conditions...anorexia, OCD and substance use disorders...which may share common -- and difficult-to-modify -- brain circuits related to habit learning.

Will a Low Carb Diet Deepen Your Winter Blues?

Carbs aren't the fattening poison some insist that they are. They're actually a mood enhancing, appetite satiating wonder of nutrition.

Nose to Nose Greeting With Puppies

Nose to nose touching with an adult dog may result in bites to a person's face, however this method of greeting may be a useful and safe technique to use when socializing puppies.

How to Finally Change Your Life

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on October 29, 2015 Wander Woman
There are three emotions you can draw on that will strengthen the courage you need to make the changes you want. Don't let fear paralyze you. Use these emotions to make your hopes come true.

Do We Find Happiness or Does Happiness Find Us?

Relationship guru Maggie Scarf relates a story about a memorable party she and her husband once gave. As she tells it, a somewhat plastered guest overturned a punch bowl, which landed in the leek soup. Two couples left with the wrong spouses, several noisy quarrels broke out, and Scarf herself seriously considered leaving and staying at the neighbors’ for the night.

The Surprising Power of an Uncomfortable Brain

By Garth Sundem on October 27, 2015 Brain Trust
What happens when surroundings don't match your expectations? A new series of experiments shows that this "cultural dysfluency" shocks your brain off autopilot and back into thinking.

Physical Activity Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Young

A growing body of evidence suggests that regular physical activity is the most effective way to optimize the structure and function of your brain throughout your lifespan.

Is Perspective-Taking a Skill?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 22, 2015 Ulterior Motives
When we study psychology, there is a tendency to think about the tasks that we do as if there were built-in modules in the brain dedicated to those tasks. So, we talk about memory and assume that there is a particular thing in the brain that helps us remember information.

Small Acts of Generosity and the Neuroscience of Gratitude

Neuroscientists have identified the brain circuitry that explains how and why small acts of generosity create the positive emotions of gratitude.

Stop Thinking Positively

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on October 19, 2015 PreFrontal Nudity
These days we're inundated with messages about the power of positive thinking, but sometimes positive thinking can actually interfere with success. Fortunately, there is another way.

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

What you should know about the similarities and differences between brain injury and ADHD.

Inside the Mind of a School Shooter

What may cause a person to become a school shooter is when his mind becomes so disorganized that the three brains that make up his triune brain react by becoming "locked and loaded" and focused on a mission to get in and get even with a world that caused him to feel put down and pushed away.

Does Mindfulness Really Make Us Resilient?

When Todd Sampson demonstrated that neuroplasticity could make his ordinary brain extraordinary, he forgot to mention that he had an amazing arsenal of supports helping him achieve his goals. Mindfulness practices may help us focus and regulate our emotions, but their ability to change our lives is vastly over-rated.

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Black Belt Brain
Ever wonder at a beautiful between the legs return in tennis, or an incredible behind the back pass in ice hockey? The sense of touch can help do that even when the athlete can't see where the racket or the stick is—they just know.

No, You Can’t Pick My Brain, But I’ll Talk to You Anyway

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Give and Take
Why you might want to take that meeting

User's Manual for the Male Brain

Theory and practice of getting the best and avoiding the worst in male humans