Highly Creative People Have Well-Connected Brain Hemispheres

People who are highly creative have better connectivity between the left and right brain hemispheres, according to a new study by a team of international researchers.

The Neuroscience of Fearful Memories and Avoidance Behaviors

Neuroscientists have identified how the brain remembers fearful experiences. And how fear-based memories can lead to avoidance behaviors.

Joseph LeDoux Reports: Emotions Are “Higher-Order States”

Legendary neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux (who put the amygdala in the spotlight) has an exciting new hypothesis about how the brain processes emotions.

Low-Intensity Aerobic Exercise Has Surprising Brain Benefits

There is growing evidence that low-intensity physical activity has multiple brain benefits. A new study reports that easy aerobic exercise boosts visual sensitivity and perception.

The Neuroscience of Deciding: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Neuroscientists recently pinpointed how subareas within the prefrontal cortex drive behavior. These findings could lead to new treatments for impulse control disorders such as OCD.

Study: Immigration Is Not Linked to Increased Crime Rates

After analyzing four decades of immigration-crime statistics in the U.S., a team of researchers concluded that there is no correlation between immigration and increased crime.

Motor Skills, Movement, and Math Performance Are Intertwined

There is growing evidence that children who are physically active do better in school. A new study found that kids who move their bodies while learning math get higher test scores.

Subconscious Fear Exposure Helps Reduce Phobias, Study Finds

A new study reports that a technique called "backward masking" can help arachnophobes reduce their fear of spiders simply by subconsciously viewing images of spiders.

How Do Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis Rewire Your Brain?

A groundbreaking new study has identified how the birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) combined with neuroplasticity can rewire the brain and reshape the mind.

Letting Go of Unattainable Goals Has Psychological Perks

A new game-changing study identifies an unexpected silver lining of depression: People with depression can let go of unattainable goals more quickly, which has psychological perks.

Are Your Circadian Rhythms Out of Whack? Try Pitching a Tent

Spending the weekend on a camping trip with minimal artificial light exposure and an abundance of natural light can reset your internal circadian clock, according to a new study.

Arousing Curiosity May Help Take the Politics Out of Science

A new Yale-led study has pinpointed a simple antidote that may help us take the politics out of science.

Physical Activity May Protect Against Childhood Depression

Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) may reduce symptoms of major depression during middle childhood (ages 6-10), according to a new first of its kind Norwegian study.

Self-Compassion, Growth Mindset, and the Benefits of Failure

A groundswell of new research reaffirms the importance of believing that intelligence is never fixed, practicing self-compassion, and embracing the hidden benefits of failure.

The Father of Modern Neuroscience Was an Athlete and Artist

Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the father of modern neuroscience. He was also an extraordinary artist. On Jan. 28, his artworks will be shown in an American museum for the first time.

Self-Stigmatizing About Your Weight Increases Health Risks

Fat shaming is bullying. And it takes a heavy toll. According to a new study, internalizing negative stereotypes caused by fat shaming is linked to a variety of health risks.

Noblesse Oblige in a “Let Them Eat Cake” Nouveau Riche Era

All too often, a "greed is good" mentality makes people behave selfishly. This post presents anecdotal and empirical evidence that reaffirm the benefits of generosity and kindness.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

Vagus nerve stimulation can reduce cravings and may offer a radical new way to break the cycle of addictive behaviors, according to early findings from a preclinical study.

Fake News 'Vaccine' Inoculates Against 'Alternative Facts'

Fake news has become an epidemic that often goes viral. Luckily, an international team of social psychologists recently identified a simple way to inoculate against fake news.

30 Minutes of Daily Activity May Help Slow Chromosomal Aging

A first-of-its-kind study reports that 30 minutes of daily physical activity may offset the chromosomal impact of too much sitting, which is associated with accelerated aging.

Adolescent Depression: Early Mental Health Services Are Key

Young teenagers with depressive symptoms—who make contact with mental health services—are seven times less likely to develop major depressive disorders later in life, study shows.

Late-Night Smartphone Use Often Fuels Daytime Somnambulism

A growing body of research offers compelling evidence that late-night smartphone use can trigger sleep disturbances linked to subpar daytime performance, depression, and anxiety.

Physical Fitness Keeps Your Brain in Good Shape, Study Finds

New groundbreaking research pinpoints specific brain areas that benefit from staying physically fit.

Depression Takes a Heavy Toll on Your Heart, Study Finds

The latest findings of a 10 year study show that depression can be just as hard on your heart as obesity or high cholesterol.

Got Inflammation? 20 Minutes of Exercise Could Be a Remedy

A new study reports that short 20-minute bouts of walking at a moderate pace can boost your body's immune response and trigger anti-inflammatory responses.

Radical New Discoveries Are Turning Neuroscience Upside Down

New discoveries are changing the way neuroscientists view how subcortical brain regions (including the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and brainstem) interact with the cerebral cortex.

Social Defeat Wreaks Havoc on Brain Circuitry, Study Finds

A new study using state-of-the-art technology has pinpointed how bullying and social defeat can alter the functional connectivity between cortical and subcortical brain regions.

The Neurobiology of Music-Induced Pleasure

Neuroscientists have pinpointed the neural correlates associated with enjoying music. They also identified why some of us derive more pleasure from listening to music than others.

Leisure-Time Physical Activity Boosts Longevity, Study Finds

Need a fresh source of motivation to exercise more and sit less? A new study from Finland reports that even small amounts of leisure-time physical activity can increase longevity.

Anxious or Depressed? 'IntelliCare' Is an App Suite for That

A new study reports that the IntelliCare smartphone app developed by psychologists at Northwestern University (and available for FREE!) can help reduce anxiety and depression.

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