Essential Reads

Thinking About Thinking

By Robert J King Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Hive Mind
Are minds computers? Yes and no.

Gray & White Matter MRI Opposite in Autistics vs. Psychotics

Brain-imaging reveals white and gray matter in autistic brains vary oppositely to schizophrenic brains, suggesting a new diagnostic tool only explained by the diametric model.

Psychiatrists, Sorcerers, and Transmissible Brain Disease

By David Rettew M.D. on December 06, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Fear and stigma about mental illness keeps our society from facing up to its transmissibility; this paradox resonates with the history of Kuru, a transmissible brain disease.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

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Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain

Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways.

The Naked Truth About Breath and Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While you are out and about this holiday season please remember to take a few deep breaths in through the nose. It really will help you think more clearly and calmly.

Why Drinking When You're Stressed Is Risky Business

By David DiSalvo on December 08, 2016 in Neuronarrative
Here’s something to keep in mind as the holidays unfold: If you drink alcohol when you’re stressed, you may be flipping a switch that makes heavier drinking all the more likely.

How to Frame Company Response to Election Using Neuroscience

By David Rock on December 08, 2016 in Your Brain at Work
How to frame outreach efforts to make the most of your company’s talent, and of people’s commitment, in these times of uncertainty.

Social Comparison: Don’t Let It Ruin Your Holiday

Social comparison often triggers cortisol, which taints a good life with a bad threatened feeling. Fortunately, you can re-direct this natural impulse. Here's how.

Brain Freeze: Is Winter Actually Good for You?

Already dreading the colder weather and the shorter days? Don't be, there's always a silver lining.
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Does Stress Cause Premature Graying in Dogs?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on December 07, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs suffering from anxiety and stress will show graying hairs on their face prematurely

Can Brain Stimulation Improve Memory in Seniors?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Are there ways of protecting the aging brain and preventing the loss of cognitive functioning? A look at some new advances into brain stimulation in older adults.

A Simple Trick to Turn Holiday Pain Into Pleasure

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
It is free, fast and doesn’t involve medication

Does Free Will Exist?

Reasonable people can disagree on whether neuroscience casts doubt on free will.
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When Heroin Comes Home

By Lybi Ma on December 05, 2016 in Brainstorm
Being addicted to pain meds is like having an invader with OCD inside your brain. Guest post by Jacqueline Sheehan.

Navel Gazing

Most psychologists study people like themselves. But one size does not fit all with psychology research findings.

Improve Clinical Outcomes by Caring for the "Second Brain"

What do migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and mental illness have in common?
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The Happy Brain

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 04, 2016 in The Intelligent Divorce
It's hard to be positive if you're hung up on the negative. Just know it's possible to change your state of consciousness.
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Since power can be used not only to serve yourself, but to silence those who object to how you use it, self-aggrandizement and corruption are endemic.

How to Tell Who's Lying: What You Need to Know

The big question in detecting deception is the ability to separate truth-tellers from fibbers.

Lord Nelson’s Traumatic Brain Injury

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in The New Normal
Lord Nelson’s head injury.

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks

By Christopher Bergland on December 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Rage is contagious. If you, or someone you know, is a "rageaholic" this blog post offers five science-based ways to break the vicious cycle of Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
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Is Positive Psychology Proven?

How confident can we really be about the effectiveness of positive psychology interventions?
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Surfing Your Brain: Know Which Brain Is Talking

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 01, 2016 in Fixing Families
Your brain goes in and out of its rational state many times over the day. The key to successfully surfing your brain is recognizing what state you are in and taking action.

Do Try This at Home

By Robert J King Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Hive Mind
Female orgasm: What happens when you try to study it in a more natural setting than labs? Persistent infertility is a hot topic at the moment and this research offers insight.

This Type of Exercise Changes Your Brain—for the Better!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 30, 2016 in Cravings
If you're losing gray matter and your memory is starting to fade, this exercise can help.

Study: Aerobic Exercise Leads to Remarkable Brain Changes

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A revolutionary neuroimaging technique reaffirms that aerobic exercise significantly increases brain volume and improves cognitive function.

The Worst Symptoms for Newly Diagnosed MS Patients

MS can present with a diverse set of symptoms and affect patients differently. Yet, there is no question these symptoms can cause concern for a newly diagnosed patient.

Feeling A Little Sour?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
Take responsibility for your tone and its impacts, and recommit to a clearer, cleaner, more direct way of expressing yourself.

Electro-Cures Largely Unproven

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 29, 2016 in Open Gently
Electro-cures for depression are largely unproven, but may give you hope, which is not nothing.

The Only Way to Succeed in Your Romantic Relationship

If we are used to the high of being in love and then we suddenly feel nothing but the occasional closeness and sexual attraction, we are bound to think that something is wrong.

Now Is the Time for Resiliency

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
Are you still struggling with post-election decisions? Practice these brain-resiliency skills.

Writing the Truth With Empathy and Ethics

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Rebecca Skloot’s masterpiece on Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa story is also a study in the difficult art of sticking to the facts.
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Immortality lies not in identifying with any one model of Homo or Robo Sapiens, but in participating in the progression.