Neuroscience Essential Reads

Sexual Assault Stories Flood the Internet—Now the Next Step

By Marty Babits on October 19, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Many thousands of women are giving voice to painful experiences of traumatic assault. Many are mobilized now for more intensive healing. Find out how they can follow through.

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

The Neuroscience of Finger Length Ratio and Athletic Prowess

By Christopher Bergland on October 14, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have found a correlation between finger length ratios and brain function. A new study reports that having a shorter index finger may indicate athletic potential.
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A New Look at the Role of Apps in Distracted Teen Driving

New research reveals app usage is a major risk for distracted driving. The results provide a useful guide for productive conversations between teens and parents.

Clinton vs. Trump: Talking to the Reptilian Brain

The debates seem to work for Trump. Why? The answer lies in the reptilian brain. His messages stick because they paint images that trigger emotion and instinct.

Is Consciousness a Ghost in the Machine?

How does consciousness arise from physical matter?

Why Are Scientists So Close-Minded?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Talking Apes
The more you learn about the brain, the more you question the religious teachings of your childhood.
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A Profile of Siddhartha Mukherjee

A profile of the Pulitzer Prize winning Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

How Brain Imaging Can Be Used to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Roughly 42 million people suffer from mental illness, yet social stigmas keep many from seeking treatment. Stigmas about mental health need to change, and technology can help.

A Return of Psychedelic Medications?

Recently, there has been increased interest in the use of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of addictions and other psychiatric disorders.

The Science of Accomplishing Your Goals

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 03, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Simple steps you can take to fight your brain’s natural urge to stick with a routine and accomplish your life goals.

Humans Are Genetically Predisposed to Kill Each Other

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in The New Brain
A new study of 1,024 mammal species has determined which animals are the most vicious killers of their own kind. For the answer, just look in the mirror.

Can Dogs Teach Other Dogs to Speak?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 28, 2016 in Canine Corner
A dog can learn how to make and use specific sounds for communication simply by observing other dogs

Memory Loss Associated With Alzheimer's May Be Reversible

By Kevin Murnane, Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Info Monkey
New research holds out hope that the loss of memory function that accompanies Alzheimer's may be preventable and reversible if the disease is caught early enough.

Do My Gut Bacteria Make Me Look Fat?

Can we manipulate our gut bacteria to help shed a few pounds?

What Does Your Plastic Brain Need to Grow?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
What does your brain need to grow? Create these 8 neuroplastic circumstances to enrich your brain!

Internal Body Signals Are Linked With Financial Success

By Gaby Pfeifer, Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Mind Growth
The latest research on gut instincts shows compelling findings about its relation to financial decision making.

The Blessings and Challenges of Having “A Protector’s Brain”

We must move young people beyond blaming themselves for having "an anger problem." Shifting their identity towards having "a protector's brain" is a start.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": A fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

View Concussion as a “Brain Sprain”

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on September 20, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Defining concussions gets a variety of answers, so neurologist Harry Kerasidis outlines the brain injury and symptoms, by comparing it to the common ankle sprain.

Study Pinpoints Brain Circuitry of Emotional Decision-Making

By Christopher Bergland on September 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
We all know the gut-wrenching feeling of making a tough emotional decision. Recently, MIT neuroscientists pinpointed the brain mechanics behind emotional decision-making.

$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 19, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Letting someone else sharpen your brain sounds great. Except it doesn't work, and you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it isn't so hard.

The Cutting Edge of Gut Health and Disease

By Emily Deans M.D. on September 18, 2016 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
What is the state of the science on gut health and disease? World experts shared their latest findings on the microbiota at a recent symposium at Harvard Medical School.

The Mothers of Mankind

Proposed self-domestication of our species raises the issue of who the domesticators were. Insights of the imprinted brain theory argue they were ancestral mothers.

How to Protect Your Brain Cells From Shady Brain Sales

Neuroscience is everywhere. Here are some important words you need to know to stay ahead of the curve!

Remembering Under Pressure

People often justify procrastination by claiming that they "work better under pressure." New research indicates that, in some kinds of tasks, there may be some truth to that claim.

How the Immune System Influences Suicidality

Many biological and environmental factors contribute to suicidal behaviors. Factors that stimulate the brain’s immune responses may increase the risk of suicide.

The Psychology Behind Donald Trump's Unwavering Support

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Mind In The Machine
The political ascent of Donald Trump seems to defy all logic, but psychology and neuroscience research explains how quirks of the brain underlie the mind-boggling phenomenon.

How to Remember Everything

By Ryan Anderson on September 13, 2016 in The Mating Game
Learning the basics of the Method of Loci technique is possibly one of the most effective ways to spend the next 15 minutes of your life

How Eye Contact Brings You Together (or Pulls You Apart)

Science explains why making eye contact can be a friendly social signal or challenge another person.