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New connections in human neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and social well-being.
Robert A. Lavine Ph.D.
The fast-growing sport of pickleball offers physical, mental, and social benefits on a compact court for all age groups. Biological science suggests how this happens.
Mask wearing reduces disease spread but affects communication by facial expression and voice quality. Ways to compensate can involve the eyes and the speaking voice.
Here are a few effective ways to manage your response to these challenging times.
Positivity is not the only answer. There is a place and time for accepting imperfect situations and feelings.
Binge-watching TV or reading novels might turn on a brain network that shares stories.
Eye contact can be enhanced by oxytocin and activate regions of the social brain in the viewer.
Can connections in the nervous system be altered with dysfunction and with therapy? Studies based on brain imaging suggest so, and psychotherapy implications are being explored.
There are reasons why video calls via Zoom can be fatiguing. Experienced users suggest tips about how to manage.
During this crisis, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists can help people cope and function better via technology.
This application of technology to brain disorder has had immediate benefits. It focuses sound waves like a magnifying glass focuses light.
Now that days are getting longer, many people with mood swings can look forward to better days ahead. Some clinicians see a whole spectrum of seasonal mood problems.
From milder traits to more pronounced disorders, some degree of anxiety and narcissism may be widespread. A large study of twins examines these and other psychological problems.
Anxiety and alcohol use disorders may partially reflect genetic factors. Fruit flies provide a novel way to study this.
If public speaking fear gets in your way, you're not alone. Virtual reality adds a new tool to treat this common phobia.
"Helicopter parenting" and over-scheduling of children has been criticized. But it may be a rational response to rising income inequality.
How does advanced imaging of brain connections across genders show differences and similarities?
Want to recognize people at a party who you've met before? This study suggests that a brief spin on an exercise bike might help.
Artificial Intelligence or AI in self-driving cars can be hazardous. An alert human back-up needs to be in the loop.
Separation of young children from parents can provoke strong feelings. Research also describes possible lasting effects on behavior and brain development.
Is a psychologically unhealthy workplace less successful? More attention to employee's well-being in the work environment can go a long way.
Relaxation practice with slow, regular breathing can help us prepare to face challenging situations more calmly. How this works is a biological process with psychological effects.
Is a good night's sleep a battle? Understanding how it works might help you get more rest..
Biological delays in sleep onset at night, hectic family schedules, and artificial lighting have been linked to too little sleep and lower attention span in ADHD.
Can practicing a skill beyond the point of mastery solidify it in memory? Study suggests it can, and that neural inhibition might prevent interference by another task.
Mountain lions flee from the voices of political opinionators, according to a study published on June 21. Consider the possible stress that may be inflicted on human listeners.
How are confidence and well-being developed in Danish kids? These parenting guidelines provide clues.
Although this country has thriving citizens in an awe-inspiring environment, it's not problem-free. That makes it more normal. Plea to tourists: "Look at the road, not the sky!"
Clues to the hormonal and brain correlates of eye contact and empathy have been provided by studies of people with autistic symptoms.
Turmoil in politics can be stressful. We look at examples of how people have moved ahead despite major challenges.
Science explains why making eye contact can be a friendly social signal or challenge another person.
Robert A. Lavine, PhD is a clinical psychologist, GWU School of Medicine Adjunct Assoc. Professor, writer for The Atlantic, and author of How the Brain Connects to Cognitive & Behavioral Change.