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Sweat and the biology of bliss
For the first time since 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released new science-based "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans."
After centuries of being overlooked, the "little brain" is taking center stage. What factors propelled the cerebellum into the spotlight?
Singing together can lower cortisol levels and reduce feelings of loneliness, new research shows.
Slowly practicing tongue twisters like, "The thesaurus has synonyms," can improve your enunciation.
A new study suggests that “clear speech” helps people remember what you say.
Just how scary is the latest R-rated "Halloween" movie? New state-of-the-art technology makes it possible to gauge a movie audiences' level of fear based on their pheromones.
Taking 1/10th the typical psychedelic dosage of psilocybin in a "microdose" of magic truffles may unlock creativity and facilitate mental flexibility, according to a new study.
For the first time, new research suggests that regular cannabis users who abstain from using marijuana for one month show specific cognitive improvements.
We know scent drives behavior in primal ways, but how do specific odors inspire the brain to take action? A new study offers fresh clues.
The cerebellum does much more than coordinate muscle movements. New research suggests the cerebellum and frontal cortex work in tandem to coordinate cerebral thinking and thoughts.
Aerobic exercise triggers changes in the small RNA of a father's sperm associated with healthier offspring, according to a new study on mice that could have human implications.
Before the 21st century, most experts thought the cerebellum wasn't involved in how we think. But new research shows a link between the cerebellum and multiple cognitive processes.
Aerobic exercise may help adults with clinical depression relieve their symptoms, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis of eligible clinical trials.
The ability to laugh at oneself is linked to happier romantic relationships and better sex life, according to new research.
Implicit bias is held deep within the brain below conscious levels of awareness, according to a new review of the neurobiology of unconscious bias.
Although "flow" states always feels good, sometimes flow elicits pure bliss. What "drivers" trigger short bursts of ecstasy within flow states? This post offers 10 possibilities.
New research suggests that taking a power nap can improve how the brain processes "masked" information hidden beneath conscious awareness.
We all know that not getting enough sleep creates brain fog. Surprisingly, new research found that sleeping more than 8 hours per night was associated with cognitive impairment.
"I-talk" and "we-talk" refer to the pronouns individuals and couples use most frequently. New research suggests multiple benefits of using "me" less and "we" more.
Are you stuck in a rut of loop-like thinking? New research suggests that being pushed outside the “normality” of day-to-day life may increase cognitive flexibility and creativity.
New research identifies how we intuitively make moral judgments about whether someone is lying or telling the truth, doing the right thing, did something wrong in the past, etc.
Feeling small in relation to something much bigger than you is key to unleashing the incredible power of awe.
If it's impossible for you to exercise for 30 minutes a day, there is good news! The latest research shows that just 10 minutes of very light activity is good for your brain.
New research helps us better understand how the brain masters the motor skills required to hit a bullseye target in life and sport.
Winning and losing are two sides of the same coin. That said, new research suggests that loving to win (more than hating to lose) has neuroscience-based psychological benefits.
Two new studies illuminate how the vagus nerve facilitates gut-to-brain communication linked to motivation and reward.
Adverse childhood experiences are more common in some sociodemographic groups.
Why are humans born to run long distances? New research identifies a gene mutation linked to our ancestors' ability to outrun prey during persistence hunting.
The so-called "good bacteria" in commercially available probiotics are useless for many people and can be harmful in some cases, according to a growing body of evidence.
New detailed maps of sub-regions within the cerebellum could revolutionize long-held concepts of whole-brain functional connectivity.
Although probiotics can change the gut microbiome, new research suggests that too much "good bacteria" can have negative consequences.
Christopher Bergland is a world-class endurance athlete, coach, author, and political activist.