Essential Reads

Three Tricks to Find Your Flow

When was the last time you were so focused that time stood still?

Is Consciousness a Stream? An Update

A new experiment shows perception is discrete, not continuous

Is Psychological Science Bad Science?

Psychology researchers failed to replicate over half of 100 published studies.

Prions, Memory and PTSD

A conversation with Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel

Recent Posts on Neuroscience

Why Do Girls and Boys with Autism Have Differing Behaviors?

By Christopher Bergland on September 04, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Researchers at Stanford University have identified that boys with autism have different brain structure than girls with autism.

Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 04, 2015 in The Fallible Mind
Today’s students are less capable compared to their earlier counterparts. Education technology is an alluring cost-effective illusion that promises more efficient learning that real teachers provide.

Why Blame the Brain When the Problem Is in the Neck?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Suffer the Children
When a patient complains about depression, a doctor typically focuses on a brain chemistry defect. But other organs can actually be the source of the problem.

What is Brainlock?

Now you get it: You are trapped—by your own brain activity and chemistry, by developmental patterns from the past, by the way your patterns and your partner's patterns interlock with one another, and by social forces that are hard to see. Read about how this becomes "Brainlock" and cements you (in a plural sense) into a state of irrelationship.

Three Tricks to Find Your Flow

By Christine L Carter Ph.D. on September 03, 2015 in Raising Happiness
Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose.

The Nature and Consequences of Noise Sensitivity in Dogs

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 03, 2015 in Canine Corner
Recent data suggests that noise sensitivity in dogs may be based upon genetic and physiological factors and may also predict separation anxiety, fearfulness in novel situations, and even some age-related changes in stress responses.

A Pilot Fearful During Flight as a Passenger

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on September 03, 2015 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
A pilot writes, "I understand all of the concepts of flying and the safety relating to it. This is not my problem. I’m afraid only when I’m a passenger. It’s the feeling of not being in control. Also, my fear fear is associated with the plane’s movements, and not knowing if a turn is coming or when it is coming."

Superfluidity: Decoding the Enigma of Cognitive Flexibility

By Christopher Bergland on September 02, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Brain researchers have developed new tools for predicting levels of cognitive flexibility and "superfluidity" of thought.

Is Consciousness a Stream? An Update

By Evan Thompson Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in Waking, Dreaming, Being
Neuroscience and Indian Buddhist philosophy agree that perceptual consciousness seems continuous but is really discrete.

How Much Brain Tissue Do You Need to Function Normally?

Brain injuries typically lead to a loss of function. But sometimes people manage to recover fully, and some even develop new skills and personality traits. This raises the question: How much brain tissue do we really need to function normally?

The GPS Approach to Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
It would seem that chronic pain that is experienced as a noxious physical stimulant, and is often hand-in-hand with symptoms whose origin lie in the emotional and cognitive parts of the human being, is fueled by neural links between the somatosensory part of the brain and those parts that process and express emotional and cognitive brain outputs.

Sex and Singing

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
If you want more grandchildren, give your kids music lessons

Bad Science Creates False and Dangerous Beliefs

Science is what is used to justify psychiatry today. If it is science at all, it is bad science. Both the pharmaceutical industry and many of today’s psychological theories including those that support CBT, employ the hoax of evidence-based psychiatry.

How Can We Learn From the Unwell Brain for a Healthy Mind?

Neuroscience is a young kid. Given the research boom these days, one cannot imagine that neuroscience, as a field of study, is only 100–150 years old. At the turn of the 19th to the 20th century there were no imaging/scanning devices available available that could provide direct and online insight into the functioning of the brain.

Want to Have Fewer Morbid Thoughts?

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 01, 2015 in The Career Within You
Gregory Bratman and colleagues found volunteers were happier after walking briefly through a lush portion of their campus than volunteers who strolled an equal amount of time near heavy traffic.

If A Jane Austen Novel Were A Video Game, Would You Play It?

By Susan Greenfield Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Mind Change
Video games vs Novels - which is better in teaching empathy?

The Fear Factor in Somatization

By Eliezer J. Sternberg M.D. on August 31, 2015 in NeuroLogic
Immersive reading, medical student's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome find a common thread in the brain.

Does a Resting Mind Correspond to the Brain's Default Mode?

The resting mind may correspond to a "default mode network" found in brain scans, so being in the moment might parallel a built-in biological pause for neural refreshment.

The Traumatized Brain

A new blog about brain injury from the authors of the upcoming book, The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury.

Assembling Your Innovation Advisory Board

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Innovation You
Conflict is inevitable when you put such a wide variety of perspectives on one advisory board—and that's a good thing.

Is it Normal to ‘Hear Voices’?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on August 31, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Hearing voices can be a normal experience, but what are auditory hallucinations and what does hearing them mean?

Listening to Your Inner Voice

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Inner speech is far more important than most people realize. From early childhood onward, inner speech plays a vital role in regulating how we think and behave. Not only does it often allow us to "rehearse" different scenarios and enables us to avoid rash actions, but inner speech may be essential to memory and self-awareness as well.

What Is Love?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Hot Thought
The best way to state the nature of love is to identify standard examples, typical features, and explanatory roles. Love is an emotion consisting of patterns of neural firing that represent a lover, a loved one, intense feelings, and caring behavior, all tied to chemical changes in the brain.

Are You a Feeler, Doer, or Thinker?

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on August 29, 2015 in Beyond Good and Evil
What no other words can tell me so clearly

What Constitutes Real Science?

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on August 29, 2015 in Obesely Speaking
"Say it ain't so Joe!": Science and Nature both question the scientific validity of over half of the published psychology research.

Mass Shootings and Mass Media

By Helen M Farrell M.D. on August 29, 2015 in Frontpage Forensics
It is easy for violent acts to become sensationalized in the age of social media and live streaming. It's important to recognize the negative impact of tantalizing news stories to our brains and use our technological tools to enhance community support.

Is Psychological Science Bad Science?

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on August 28, 2015 in Good Thinking
In the largest replication effort to date, researchers could not replicate over half of the psychology studies targeted. Here is why that doesn't spell doom for psychological science.

The Superhuman Athlete

Find out how Olga Kotelko stays fit physically and mentally at the age of 95.

Can Science Tell us Anything about the Soul?

By Julien Musolino Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Soul Fallacy
Science gives us every reason to think that the soul, like the Emperor’s new clothes in Andersen’s famous tale, is a fiction.

Stereotypical Gender Differences in Sexuality Are Crumbling

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Human Beast
Marked differences between male and female sexuality used to be supported by solid evidence around the globe. The trouble is that such distinctions are getting blurred in developed countries.