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Does your mind feel clearer and your memory sharper after a workout? A new study explains how exercise changes the brain to improve your ability to remember new skills.
Worried about loneliness? It's critical to pay attention early and often to the close friends and family who move with you through life.
Have a lot in common with your friends? You might be surprised to learn just how deep the similarities go.
Being a mother or father means making big changes in behavior. For the first time, scientists have worked out the details of a brain-wide circuit for parenting.
Friendship takes time. A new study shows exactly just how much time, but also reminds us why it's worth it.
People have wondered about the mysteries of the unconscious brain for centuries. Three new studies shed a little more light and show the brain is still working, but differently.
We fall in love with our eyes and ears. That's why communication is so important, for people and for songbirds.
What's the best to motivate students to learn? At least some time studying outdoors seems to help.
Social connection isn't all positive. Sometimes we're stuck dealing with demanding people. A new study reveals who they are, and why we can't abandon them.
Do you have trouble falling asleep? A new study reveals that writing for a few minutes is an easy and effective solution. But what you write about makes all the difference.
Who will you celebrate with in the festive weeks to come? A year of researching friendship reveals the importance of prioritizing, laughing, and giving thoughtfully.
Is empathy an instinctive sharing of emotion? Or is it understanding how other people feel? According to the latest scientific thinking, it's both.
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.
Humans aren't the only species willing to help strangers for no benefit. Bonobos, one of our closest relatives, do it, too.
A just-released database of human brain cells might change the way we develop drugs and study cognition.
Sometimes stress heightens our awareness, but more often, it dulls our ability to respond to new threats. Recognizing the risk and reducing sources of stress can help.
Think you only discuss important matters with your closest confidants? A new book suggests your inner circle is bigger than you imagine.
No one way of making friends works for everyone, but some form of connection is essential.
When kids start grade school, they have to learn to sit still and pay attention. That experience helps them develop better executive functioning.
Reasoning is a profoundly important cognitive skill that affects achievement in school and in challenging careers. Now we know more about how it develops in children's brains.
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.
Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.
Intuition tells us to work first so we'll enjoy playing more later. But new research says we don't have to wait to savor some fun and give ourselves a break.
A new study let scientists get a glimpse of what happens when one individual is becoming attracted to another.
Having friends is strongly associated with health and longevity, but scientists are only starting to ask when the effects of social relationships emerge and how long they last.
Think babies just chew books? Even if they can't talk, they get a lot out of reading.
Friends calm us down when we're stressed. But how? There's still a lot scientists don't know, but recent studies in animals and humans provide some answers.
A new study of laid-back mice reveals the connection between slow breathing and tranquility.
New research on "you" reveals the power of pronouns in helping us process and make meaning from hard times.
Want to improve your memory? A new study shows that a strategy used by memory athletes produces superior memory in regular people and changes their brains, too.
Lydia Denworth is a New York-based science writer. Her most recent book is I Can Hear You Whisper.