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Sweat and the biology of bliss
"Breakthrough" vagus nerve stimulation devices could offer new hope for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who haven't responded well to traditional treatments.
Eastern philosophy and quantum physics shed light on why striving to win at all costs often backfires. Counterintuitively, the secret to success may be trying less hard to succeed.
Staying physically active preserves synaptic integrity and helps to offset age-related cognitive decline, a new study reports.
Instead of striving to "win at all costs," cultivating a non-striving mindset (a.k.a. wu-wei) facilitates effortless action and, paradoxically, increases one's odds of winning.
Exercise is a unique stressor. Instead of having harmful effects, in moderate doses, exercise-induced stress makes us healthier and more resilient. New research explains why.
Becoming frail increases dementia risk. The good news: Lifestyle behaviors that improve fitness levels and boost physical strength can reduce frailty and offset dementia risk.
For centuries, Western scientists have been trying to figure out how acupuncture works. A new study pinpoints how electroacupuncture lowers inflammation via the vagal-adrenal axis.
Exercise is medicine. But how exactly does working out unleash our body's healing powers? A new study pinpoints how vigorous exercise enhances our cells' ability to produce energy.
New research sheds light on how neural circuits in the midbrain's basal ganglia facilitate "superfluid" coordination (or lack thereof) in sports and day-to-day life.
Historically, "wisdom" has often been tied to religion. But is spirituality a component of wisdom in secular contexts? A new seven-item wisdom scale says it is, with caveats.
Traditional views on the origins of stuttering are being upended by groundbreaking research methods that focus on speech initiation issues rooted in the basal ganglia.
New research sheds light on how using your hands to master the use of a mechanical tool activates the same neural networks that facilitate crafting words into coherent sentences.
A new evolutionary biology based "active grandparent hypothesis" helps to explain why humans evolved to thrive when physical activity is part of our daily routine as we get older.
A new fMRI study shows how energetically optimized neural networks facilitate flow state experiences when skill level and task difficulty are balanced.
Nudges that highlight how physical inactivity increases one's risk of illness or premature death are a persuasive way of motivating people to exercise more, a new study reports.
New research identifies a previously unknown "satiation network" deep within the brain that drives insatiable hunger and lets us know when to stop eating after a satiating meal.
Many doctors consider inflammation public enemy No. 1. New research pinpoints how just 15 minutes of exercise per day kickstart the endocannabinoid system and reduce inflammation.
When moms connect emotionally with their kids during interactive play, their child's autonomic nervous system coordinates with the mother's internal physiological state.
Are you looking for a drug-free way to lower anxiety? Both low-intensity activities (easy stroll) and high-intensity workouts (H.I.I.T.) may alleviate anxiety, a new study reports.
"Lifestyle medicine" complements the "disease management" approach to healthcare. Making healthier lifestyle choices can prevent disease and reduce medical expenses.
Men are much more likely to openly discuss their heartache and emotional pain online than in real-world contexts, a new study reports.
Treatment-resistant depression lives up to its name; most attempts to help patients with TRD fall short. A groundbreaking new 5-day brain stimulation therapy offers new hope.
Coming across as trustworthy and friendly may increase your odds of being selected to join a new team more than signaling your skills or know-how.
Having more alone time during the first few months of the COVID-19 lockdown was beneficial to many, a recently published study reports.
New research pinpoints how pleasant scents compel us toward desirable rewards and icky smells repel us from potential harm.
Search engines can cause people to overestimate how much they actually know about something they’ve just Googled, a new study reports.
New research shows how not getting enough sleep throws off people's motor control and coordination.
Most writers avoid common metaphors and cliché sayings. But new research shows that spicing up a sentence with metaphorical language creates richer meaning and greater engagement.
Parent training in behavior management (PTBM) is the new gold standard for helping kids with ADHD. Yet not enough are prescribed this type of care.
Intranasal oxytocin does not improve social functions or cognition in children and adolescents with autism, a new placebo-controlled clinical trial reports.
Christopher Bergland is a retired ultra-endurance athlete turned science writer, public health advocate, and promoter of cerebellum ("little brain") optimization.