Neuroscience Essential Reads

What is Psychology’s Single Most Brilliant Discovery?

What is the most profoundly important thing we've learned from 150 years of scientific psychology? Here is one nomination.

Amish Asthma Rates Offer Clues to Preventing Mental Illness

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New evidence that healthy bodies promote healthy minds

Psychopaths Have Regrets: Can Early Help and Love Save Them?

By Rita Watson MPH on November 30, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
If children with antisocial tendencies could be raised in a loving atmosphere or receive early intervention, perhaps full-blown psychopathic and violent tendencies might be curbed.

The High Costs of Multitasking for You and Your Kids

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on November 29, 2016 in Radical Teaching
Explain-Motivate-Prove-Guide is the four-step approach to help your kids reduce time lost into the black hole generated by multitasking (and improve family harmony).

Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Stress Test
Is there an upside to stress?

Why Do Dogs Have Tails?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 24, 2016 in Canine Corner
The dog's tail is not simply a signal flag conveying his mood. It has some other important purposes.

The Diametrics of Personal Space: Autism vs. Schizophrenia

New research into the sense of personal space.

Prehistoric Languages… and Prehistoric Minds? Part II

The linguistic mind of our great, great [...] great grandparents

The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You

By Nir Eyal on November 22, 2016 in Automatic You
Psychological researchers have a name for this phenomenon: it’s called “ego depletion.”

What Is Different in the Bilingual Brain? Part II

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Life as a Bilingual
Recent research has shown that the bilingual brain uses the same neural structures and resources as the monolingual brain but in different ways. A specialist continues explaining.

What Is Voluntary Action?

What is will? Science is beginning to unravel this mystery.

Prehistoric Languages and Prehistoric Minds, Part 1

New research provides a deeper understanding of the languages of our great great great [...] grandparents.

Do We Interpret Dog and Human Emotions in the Same Way?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 17, 2016 in Canine Corner
Recent data answers the question of whether the brain processes emotional expressions of humans and dogs in the same way.

Think Like a Cat

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Pets and Their People
Since cats' brains are evidently not like our own, the way they think could be very different from the way we do.

Early-Life Environment Influences Brain Growth and Behavior

Two recent studies demonstrate that environment influences brain growth and emotional behavior in children and adolescents.

7 Ways to Accommodate Dyslexics in Regular Classrooms

Every regular classroom can make better accommodations for dyslexics and or children who may be at risk.

Rhetoric, Violence, and Redemption

Social pain—rejection, shame, disrespect—resonates in the "pain center" of the brain, impairing cognitive capacities. This opens the door for violent responses to Trump's rhetoric.

Neuroscience Research Shows How Mood Impacts Perception

According to a new theory of attention and mood, the happier you are, the more you see of the world. Here’s why, and what your brain has to do with it.

A Coffee Maker or a Time Machine?

Recent studies on memory explain why spontaneous involuntary memories of our past are more vivid and emotionally intense than the memories we access intentionally.

The Long Legacy of Childhood Verbal Abuse

By Peg Streep on November 14, 2016 in Tech Support
Research confirms that childhood psychological abuse does lasting, significant damage.

Daily Physical Activity Boosts Brain Power and Self-Control

By Christopher Bergland on November 14, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Physical activity has the power to boost your brain power and increase your self-control, according to a new study.

Choosing Life over Survival

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on November 13, 2016 in Bear in Mind
There are chance encounters when fences fall and "fitful influences from beyond" reveal our common connections.

The Perils of a Life in Isolation

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
When we experience social isolation, the lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope with unusual sensory information.

The 7 Ways Donald Trump Influenced Voters' Brains

By Tim David on November 12, 2016 in The Magic of Human Connection
In shock over Donald Trump's presidential victory? These are the scientific reasons why Americans really voted for him.

Can One Be Autistic and Bipolar at the Same Time?

Co-occurrence of autism and bipolar disorder seems ruled out by the diametric model until you realize that different mental modules and brain centres may be involved in each.

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Talking Apes
The subjective experience of a self that is independent of the body is compelling, yet difficult for neuroscientists to explain.

Is a Revolutionary Approach to Neuroscience on the Horizon?

By Christopher Bergland on November 08, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists around the world are calling for massive collaborative efforts to 'crack' the mysteries of the human brain. Will their efforts to unify researchers succeed?

Why We Select Toxic Leaders

By David Rock on November 07, 2016 in Your Brain at Work
Humans evolved in social hierarchies, and as a result we have significant cognitive resources devoted to identifying and then empowering potential leaders.

Your Brain on Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings transitions can affect our delicate circadian clocks, leading to disruptions in behavior and mood.

Stroke and the Power of Brain Plasticity

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in iAge
In our ageist view we judge older adults as ready to die and we fulfill this judgement by not helping their brain become re-engaged.