There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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By Mike Brooks Ph.D. on January 04, 2019 in Tech Happy Life
Why do our screens seem irresistible? The "Vegas Effect" is one of the reasons. Through understanding, resistance is not futile.
By Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, Ph.D. and Abigail Marsh, Ph.D. on December 19, 2018 in For Goodness’ Sake
Giving gifts feels good. Does that make the act of gift-giving fundamentally selfish?
By Elesa Zehndorfer Ph.D. on October 29, 2018 in Political Animals and Animal Spirits
How can physiology theory help us to understand the recent spate of pre-midterm election violence in the U.S.? And why might the opioid crisis be making it worse?
By Hal McDonald Ph.D. on September 28, 2018 in Time Travelling with Apollo
A recent study suggests that social media “likes” are just as rewarding to give as to receive.
By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on August 06, 2018 in Talking About Trauma
Creative obsessions as the primary side effect of prescription drugs!
By William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson on July 18, 2018 in The Self-Driven Child
Worried about your kids wasting their waning weeks of vacation? Balance, rest, and a sense of control are important to their growing brains.
By Ralph Lewis M.D. on July 09, 2018 in Finding Purpose
Our brains connect dots and see "signal" in meaningless "noise." We don't easily dismiss things as random or coincidental. Mental disorders amplify and distort this tendency.
By Rob Henderson on May 28, 2018 in After Service
Is it a match? Maybe not.
By Mark D. Humphries Ph.D. on May 02, 2018 in Neural Processing
How ketamine tipped off the depression detectives
By Benjamin Cheyette, M.D., and Sarah Cheyette M.D. on April 14, 2018 in 1-2-3-ADHD
So you think you know Dopamine? You might be surprised! Read on for the "Do's and Don'ts" about this incredible neurotransmitter.
By Eugene Rubin M.D., Ph.D. on April 04, 2018 in Demystifying Psychiatry
Psychotic symptoms increase in frequency and severity as Parkinson’s disease progresses. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments can be helpful.
By Christopher Bergland on November 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A pioneering new Yale-led comparative analysis of human, chimpanzee, and macaque brains offers fresh clues about what makes the human brain unique.
By Joel Frohlich on September 19, 2017 in Consciousness, Self-Organization, and Neuroscience
A back-of-the-shelf anesthetic induces all the symptoms of schizophrenia—but only in adults. What does this reveal about brain development and the nature of schizophrenia?
By John F. Kelly Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Addiction & Recovery 101
What effect do jobs, housing, and friends have on the brain of individuals in recovery from addiction?
By Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS on August 16, 2017 in When Food Is Family
The language of eating disorders has changed, and there are now opportunities for greater understanding.
By Frank J. Ninivaggi M.D., F.A.P.A. on July 23, 2017 in Envy This!
ADHD: a performance deficit---significant difficulties implementing academic skills, not specifically learning them.
Is ADHD over-diagnosed and stimulant drugs over-prescribed?
By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Human Beast
Most personality traits are highly heritable. Still, there is a great deal of doubt about whether complex human behavior can be genetically determined.
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.
By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 25, 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?
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.
By Hara Estroff Marano on July 27, 2016 in Brainstorm
Scientists discover how facing risky decisions makes us smarter. Guest post by Shira Polan.
By Andrew Smart on June 09, 2016 in Machine Psychology
Converging evidence indicates noise plays a fundamental role in the brain.
By Alex Korb Ph.D. on March 03, 2016 in PreFrontal Nudity
According to the comedian Louis CK, “everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” And it's because of dopamine signaling in a particularly important brain region.
By Emily Deans M.D. on November 29, 2015 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain.
By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on August 07, 2015 in Behind Online Behavior
What happens when an organic form of existence, after evolving for millions of years, meets the last word in planned and designed addictiveness? Darwin goes searching for the gas pedal in this evolutionary phenomenon of his.