Essential Reads


Split-Brain Researchers Are Split

By Michael Corballis Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in The Recursive Mind
Is the split brain really split?

New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

Sleep Strengthens Recent Learning and Negative Memories

By Lydia Denworth on November 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
What happens in the brain during sleep? Quite a lot. Machine learning and EEG are revealing how memories, especially negative ones, and learning are boosted while we're asleep.

(Un)forgettable: Memory Tripping with One-Hit Wonders

A chance encounter with a forgotten song from one’s forgotten past contains three key ingredients for a positively potent—and potently positive—memory experience.

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Are You Thinking Too Much?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Our minds are hauled along in a culture without a speed limit – exceeding the limit there's always a price. Pulling out of the mental traffic, it's an act of freedom and wisdom

Feeling Anxious? Give Your Brain a Break, Already!

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 06, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Sick and tired of anxiety attacks? Bore your central nervous system with six steps.

Too Many Synaptic Connections in Cerebellum Creates Problems

By Christopher Bergland on November 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, a growing pile of research shows that too many synaptic connections can impede brain function.

The Best Relief for Stress in Children May Be a Dog

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 01, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data suggests that we should think about prescribing dogs instead of Prozac or Valium to treat stress in children

Sex and the iPhone

By Charles S. Jacobs on November 01, 2017 in Management Rewired
What do sex and iPhones have in common?

Somatic Psychiatry in the Spotlight

Somatic psychiatry has taken over psychiatry. The fundamental and incorrect premise of somatic psychiatry is that the source of psychiatric problems come from defects in the brain.

Professor Kevin Laland On What Made Us Who We Are

By Isaac Lidsky on November 01, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
Our culture shaped our evolution; by teaching and learning from each other we distinguished ourselves as a species.

Male Monkeys Show Neural and Hormonal Correlates of Jealousy

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Male titi monkeys who form strong pair bonds with their mates show neural and hormonal changes indicating jealousy when their partner is observed close to a strange male.

Why Solitude Is Good and Loneliness Is Bad

By Ray Williams on October 31, 2017 in Wired for Success
While loneliness is becoming an epidemic, the value of solitude is unappreciated

The Surprising Power of an Unscratched Itch

Could you use a little more self-control in your life? Good news! You can start to acquire it, right here and now.

How Sex Is Linked to Your Brain as You Age

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 26, 2017 in Cravings
Sexual activity and cognitive function are related in older adults.

Dogs Smell Your Emotional State and It Affects Their Mood

It is widely believed that dogs can recognize the scent of human fear and they react hostility to it. New data tests this idea.

Have You Lost Your Mind? Part 2

By Michael S. Scheeringa M.D. on October 24, 2017 in Stress Relief
Claims that stress and trauma can be toxic and permanently change your brain are false. The real story of brain differences and the development of PTSD.

Brain Wellness Takes a Quantum Leap

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Digital Altruism
Soon, consciousness-hacking gyms may become mainstream.

Here’s Why You're Addicted to "The Bachelor"

By Jen Kim on October 24, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Do you accept this truth? Love is not the reason you're tuning into reality television.

What is a Psychological Theory?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Hot Thought
Psychology needs theories to provide practical interventions and answers to fascinating questions about the mind. Causal mechanisms serve these needs better than associations.

Forgetting the False and Dangerous

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on October 23, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Scientists say that what zoos teach is "false and dangerous." An interview with educator Kiersten Cluster examines captive-held Elephant psychological trauma.

Food Addiction: Stop Dieting! Start Rewiring!

By Laurel Mellin Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Rewired
Stop dieting! Rewire the circuits that drive food addiction

Go With Green

Thinking of sprucing up your home before end-of-year entertaining begins? Use what scientists have learned to select your hues.


By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on October 23, 2017 in Do Your Own Think
We may struggle to witness the sheer number of people who have posted #MeToo this week. Our responses to those disclosures do matter and can make an impact on the healing process.

The Neurobiology of Jealousy

By Christopher Bergland on October 23, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A first-of-its-kind study on the neurobiology of jealousy in monogamous monkeys sheds light on how male jealousy operates in humans, too.
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How Can We All Become “Super Agers?”

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on October 22, 2017 in Brain Waves
What does it take to become a Super Ager? Work that bucket list.

Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

The power of the Internet is due to its unique speed, ease of access, and reduced threshold to the world's most potent content.

Why Would Daredevil Say Sight is Overrated?

Is it really possible for eyesight to be a hindrance? If so, when and why?

Tips for Mindful Technology Use

The lost art of boredom: How smartphones are making us dumber.

Why Does Cerebral Brain Power Gobble Up So Much Energy?

By Christopher Bergland on October 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New research explains why it's difficult for our brains and bodies to optimize cognitive and physical performance simultaneously.

Reading Minds Is a Skill We All Need to Work On

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
No one can read minds, but we can improve our ability to guess what people are thinking and feeling, and to know when what they say is not what they think.

Social Media Is Harmful to Your Brain and Relationships

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Social media is making you fatter and sicker by the tweet.

Repression of Women: What Does Biology Tell Us?

The origins of gender inequality go way back into our biological history. The evolution of the human brain has enabled us to develop increasingly effective ways of dealing with it.

Digital Distraction: Internet and Smartphone Addiction

The Internet and smartphones have been adopted in the U.S. at a faster pace than any technology since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and we can't seem to stop using them.