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Psychology | Psychology

This Is Your Brain’s 5-HT2A Receptors on LSD or Psilocybin | Psychology Today

Scientists have pinpointed how psychedelic compounds bind with brain receptors in a way that gives drugs like LSD and "magic mushrooms" hallucinogenic effects.

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Musings On Music: Seven Insights From Psychology – Research Digest

By Emma Young. New research is revealing all manner of psychological and neurological effects of music.

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Why Are Memories Attached to Emotions So Strong? | Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Multiple neurons in the brain must fire in synchrony to create persistent memories tied to intense emotions, new research from Columbia neuroscientists has found.

Psychology | Hypnosis Information

Dr. Dyan Haspel-Johnson's Tuesday Sleep Tip - ABOUT HYPNOSIS: Hypnosis, the Brain, and Sleep

Some quick and easy self-care strategies to help improve your sleep ???? In this sleep tip, I discuss what happens in the brain during hypnosis and why that mak...

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

Parents Have More Synchronised Patterns Of Brain Activity When They’re Together – Research Digest

By Emily Reynolds. Couples who listened to sounds together showed more similar activity in brain areas involved in attention than those who were apart.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Mindfulness May Ease the Emotional Burden of MS | Health News | US News

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Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Dementia: negative thinking linked with more rapid cognitive decline, study indicates

Our study found that people who had higher repetitive negative thinking patterns experienced more cognitive decline over a four-year period.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Gradual Hearing Loss “Reorganises” Brain’s Sensory Areas And Impairs Memory (In Mice) – Research Digest

By Emma Young. If processes are mirrored in humans, finding could help explain why hearing loss raises risk of Alzheimer's.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

New AI Algorithm Identifies Alzheimer's Disease, Predicts Risk For Disease - Study Finds

An international research team led by Boston University researchers created an artificial intelligence computer algorithm that may solve this problem.

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

How babies integrate new events into their knowledge -- ScienceDaily

Babies seek to understand the world around them and learn many new things every day. Unexpected events -- for example when a ball falls through a table -- provide researchers with the unique opportunity to understand infants' learning processes. What happ

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A brain glitch? A sign of quantum entanglement? What science says about déjà vu | Aeon Videos

Roughly two-thirds of people have had déjà vu, or the weird feeling that a new situation has been experienced before. Yet its prevalence belies just how mysterious the phenomenon remains to researchers, despite some extraordinary recent leaps in neurosc

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Study Ties Brain Inflammation to Several Types of Dementia | Health News | US News

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Health & Fitness | Sleep

Self-Medication: Study Finds Deep Sleep 'Rewires' The Brain To Eliminate Anxiety

Falling into a deep sleep soothes the brain into a relaxed state, allowing it to reset inter-neural connections and reinvigorate itself, a new study finds.

Psychology | Personality

Gene variants provide insight into brain, body incongruence in transgender -- ScienceDaily

Some of the first biological evidence of the incongruence transgender individuals experience, because their brain indicates they are one sex and their body another, may have been found in estrogen receptor pathways in the brain of 30 transgender individua

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How Much Does Our Language Determine Behavior? - David Shariatmadari - Behavioral Scientist

In his latest book, Don't Believe a Word, David Shariatmadari explores how the language we speak impacts the way we see the world, and our behavior in it.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

How Sleep Changes Your Brain, From Infancy to Old Age, According to Science

Neuroscience reveals many ways sleep changes our brain, from neuron growth to white matter density and the developmental dangers of jet lag.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

Self-Medication: Study Finds Deep Sleep 'Rewires' The Brain To Eliminate Anxiety

Falling into a deep sleep soothes the brain into a relaxed state, allowing it to reset inter-neural connections and reinvigorate itself, a new study finds.

Advice & Self-Help | Nursing/Health

Birth Control Pills May Be Shrinking A Vital Brain Region In Women, Study Finds

A disconcerting new study finds that birth control pills may actually impact the size or even shrink a portion of women's brains.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

How to Rewire Your Neural Pathways

Tara Swart, M.D., shares how we can develop metacognition and change our brain's neural pathways in order to achieve your goals.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

The Immune System Plays an Important Part in Memory and the Brain

Study adds fuel to growing evidence that the immune system does more than fight disease. Paul Biegler reports.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Great Tips to Stay Focused and Increase Productivity and Happiness

Strategies to avoid the pitfalls of distractions and interruptions, improve your cognitive control, reduce goal interference, and aid your distracted mind.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

A Connection Between Motivation and Brain Inflammation | Psychology Today

New animal research identifies a possible link between acute inflammation of the cerebellum and "depression-like" symptoms marked by a decrease in motivation and sociability.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Hearing Aids Linked to Anti-aging and Protecting Brain Function

Staying sharp, mindful, and alert in our later years is easier said than done, but a study finds that wearing a hearing aid may help protect brain function in older adults.

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Scientists Find Different Thoughts Produce Different Sound Frequencies

Synchronised brainwaves may explain our ability to rapidly analyse information, allowing us to think through options before the right one is laid down as a memory

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Here's How Déjà Vu Works

Feelings of déjà vu and premonition seem spooky, but when we understand the common tricks our memory plays on us, there’s nothing unusual about these experiences.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Scientists Locate Part of the Brain that Produces Chemical in Ayahausca

A psychedelic compound known for its powerful, hallucinogenic episodes is produced naturally in the brains of mammals, according to medical researchers from the University of Michigan.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Trauma Effects the Brain of Survivors and Their Offspring

The inhumanity and cruelty of the Holocaust can not be overstated, and a new European study reports that holocaust survivors have dealt with lifelong negative changes to their brain structures.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

The Brain Benefits more from Short Spurts of Exercise

Much has been written about the great mental health benefits that come with regular exercise. Now a new study shows that hitting the treadmill every morning -- even for a short period of time -- offers another brain benefit: it may make you smarter.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

New Study Shows Promise for Improving Cognitive and Memory Circuits

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Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Playing Pokémon Extensively In Childhood Actually Changes the Brain

By Emma Young. As well as being fascinating, the study has important practical implications.

Psychology | Personality

When we are Angry Or Afraid we can be Less in Control of Our Actions

By Matthew Warren. First study of its kind raises questions about the accountability of people going through extreme emotions.

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Your Brain Stops Time When You Blink – Research Digest

By Emma Young. The study raises all kinds of fascinating questions for future research to investigate.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Why Being A Righty Or Lefty Matters In Mental Health Treatment - Study Finds

As it turns out, long-discovered emotional structure of the brain is reversed in left-handed people, affecting and calling into question how they respond to certain treatments, according to recent research out of Cornell University.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

“Skunk” Cannabis Disrupts Brain Networks – But Effects Are Blocked In Other Strains – Research Digest

By Matthew Warren. Understanding that not all strains of cannabis are created equal is important in a time where the drug is becoming more widely accepted.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

This is what eight weeks of mindfulness training does to your brain – Research Digest

A systematic review suggests 8 weeks of mindfulness training leads to brain changes similar to those seen in experienced meditators.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

The Brain May Actually Keep Generating New Cells Well Into Old Age | Smart News | Smithsonian

An analysis of 58 brain samples found that neurogenesis declines over time and is particularly poor among those with Alzheimer's

Psychology | Personality

An Engineer Says He's Figured Out Why Time Moves Faster as We Grow Up

As we humans grow older and wiser, it's not unusual to feel as if time were whizzing by, quietly gathering speed with every year.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

6 Ways Sleep Boosts Your Brainpower: Memory, Mood, Creativity

You’ll see powerful effects on your mood, creativity, memory and more.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Forgetting uses more brain power than remembering -- ScienceDaily

Choosing to forget something might take more mental effort than trying to remember it, researchers discovered through neuroimaging.

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Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying.

The body’s microbial community may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in dementia, autism and other disorders.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

How Helping People Affects Your Brain

It truly is better to give than receive, biologically speaking. The brain gives us an emotional boost when we put others first and do something selfless.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Meditation can change your brain! - Somatic Psychotherapy Today

Cultivate this variety of happiness, that at the neurological level grows on its own once the seeds have been planted, is to start a daily meditation.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Saliva Test For Early Detection Of Alzheimer's Disease Delivers Promising Results - Study Finds

Catching the development of Alzheimer's disease early on can make a world of difference in helping to treat the devastating condition. Scientists have long sought to find accurate, easier methods of detecting the disease, and now a promising new study sho

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

5 Ways to Heal the Traumatized Brain (Part 4)

“Someone who has experienced trauma also has gifts to offer all of us- in their depth, in their knowledge of our universal vulnerability, and their experience of the power of compassion.”- Sharon Salzberg What a week. You’d...

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

The Neuroscience of Singing

Singing has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and strengthen human connection. Science can now tell us why.

Psychology | Personality

Your native language affects what you can and can’t see – Research Digest

By Emma Young. This is the first demonstration that language affects whether we consciously perceive a stimulus or not.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

This is how psychotherapy for depression changes the brain – Research Digest

By Alex Fradera. Understanding the neural correlates of psychotherapy could help enhance its effectiveness.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

weird dreams actually make sense (according to neuroscience and psychology)

Think of it as your brain’s version of throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing what sticks.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

'Winter blues' study finds key to depression resilience

A new study examines the brains of people with seasonal affective disorder to examine why some people do not develop depression despite being at risk.

Science & Technology | Science

The neuroscience of religious and spiritual experience

Have you ever wondered what happens in the brain when you believe in God? We take a look at neuroscientific studies that may explain spiritual experience.

Science & Technology | Science

Bilingualism: What happens in the brain?

With the number of bilingual individuals increasing steadily, find out how bilingualism affects the brain and cognitive function.

Science & Technology | Science

"Traveling" Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition - Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

Music | Music

This Is Your Brain On Music | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

USC's Dr. Assal Habibi has been studying the brains of 80 kids for five years in the hopes of answering the question: does studying music enhance brain function? We'll soon find out.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

'Dear Kids, Love From Your Brain.' What All Kids Need to Know About the Brain -

Kids do great things with the right information, and any information we can give them about how to become the best version of themselves will lay a sprinkling of gold dust on their path to adulthood. They have enormous power to influence the structure and

Health & Fitness | Health

To Help The Body Fight Chronic Disease, Scientists Learn To Decode Brain Signals

Researchers just identified two chemicals that tell the brain to trigger inflammation. They hope that someday they can control the signals to fight disease.

Health & Fitness | Health

Memory Pictures: Tips to Stay Smart, Sharp, and Focused

WebMD shows you how to keep your brain active at every age with these memory tips. Find out how to focus and keep your brain sharp.

Health & Fitness | Health

Research on the Connection Between the Brain and Gut

The gut microbiome may also contribute to MS and Alzheimer’s disease.

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South Carolina leads the nation for Alzheimer’s. 5 ways to keep from losing your mind

Hilton Head nonprofit Memory Matters adds prevention education to its arsenal of Alzheimer's and dementia help for clients and families.

News | Interesting Stories

No new 'learning' brain cells after age 13: study

News, email and search are just the beginning. Discover more every day. Find your yodel.

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FDA approves first ever blood test for concussion - CNN

The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a blood test to help detect concussion in adults.

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A Brain Implant Improved Memory, Scientists Report

Electrodes threaded into the brains of epilepsy patients enhanced their recall on word tests by about 15 percent.

Science & Technology | Science

Scientists Have Reversed Brain Damage in a 2-Year-Old Girl Who Drowned in a Swimming Pool

Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage, after treating a drowned and resuscitated toddler with a combination of oxygen therapies.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, the human...

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Super SEALs: Elite Units Pursue Brain-Stimulating Technologies

Naval Special Warfare units have been testing and evaluating the use of performance-enhancing neuro-stimulation technology.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

How to Change Your Personality -- Science of Us

A big new study promises you are (probably) not stuck with yourself.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Religious Experience Has Fascinating Effect On The Brain

Brains scans during religious experience reveal the effects of intense divine feelings.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Tests raise hopes for radical new therapy for phobias and PTSD

Researchers able to reduce anxieties without asking people to think about them consciously, making it more appealing than current therapies

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Daydreaming is NOT Just A Waste Of Time, Studies Finds

People tend to think of daydreaming and letting the mind wander as a waste of time.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Increase Attention With Oldest Technique of All (Forget Brain Training)

While 'brain training' games have become popular, there is a better way to increase attention, new research suggests.

Pets & Animals | Pets & Animals

Your dog really does know what you’re saying, and a brain scan shows how

Dogs understand both the meaning of words and the tone used to speak them, a new study finds.

Politics | Politics

Microcephaly discoveries made in non-Zika cases help explain abnormal brain growth

Long before Zika virus made it a household word, the birth defect called microcephaly puzzled scientists and doctors -- even as it changed the lives of the babies born with it during the pre-Zika era. But new discoveries may help explain what happens in t

Health & Fitness | Health News

Brain training may forestall dementia onset for years, new study says

If you’re intent on keeping dementia at bay, new research suggests you’ll need more than crossword puzzles, aerobic exercise and an active social life. In a study released Sunday, researchers found that older adults who did exercises to shore up the s

Health & Fitness | Health & Fitness

Yoga May Be Good for the Brain

A weekly routine of yoga and meditation may help to stave off aging-related mental decline, according to a study of older adults with memory problems.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Smarter, Stronger, Better Than Yesterday - The Beliefs That Will Make the Difference (And science has proven it.)

One of the most remarkable and oh-so-good-to-be-human findings in the last decade or so is that we can change our brain. Mindset - what we believe - is key.

Psychology | Relationships

The Family Relationship That Could Be Most Responsible For Your Emotional Life

The ‘corticolimbic system’ plays an important role in mood disorders, such as depression.

Health & Fitness | Health News

If We Could Put King Solomon in an MRI Machine, Could We See the Wisdom in his Brain?

At the 2010 Cannes Film Festival premiere of You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, director Woody Allen was asked about aging. He replied…

Health & Fitness | Health News

The Human Brain as a Word Cloud, on a Shared Drive

In research reported Wednesday in Nature, neuroscientists at the University of California at Berkeley created a comprehensive atlas of neural patterns sparked by spoken language.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Alzheimer's could be helped with meditation

Researchers at Jena University Hospital in Germany found chemicals behind the feel-good feeling produced by meditation may also provide a boost.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Cold and flu tablets can SHRINK the brain and slow down thinking

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers found the drugs block the chemical acetylcholine, which is involved in the transmission of electrical impulses between nerve cells.

Health & Fitness | Health News

One Way to Grow A Happy Brain

Can you grow your own happiness? According to recent research, you sure can with just one simple practice. Find out what it is and how to get started today!

News | Interesting Links

Metaphors That Make Us Feel Clean and Dirty, Literally

Liars who want mouthwash? Research shows that our brains can’t always separate what’s reality and what’s metaphor, says Robert M. Sapolsky.

Health & Fitness | Health News

BBC - Future - The enormous power of the unconscious brain

A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Snake Venom Could Hold Key To Alzheimer's Breakthrough - PsyBlog

The snake venom originally came from a pit viper, which is found in South and Central America.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Study reveals new link between brain and fat-burning circuit

A new study in animal models, led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), is the first to show that oxygen sensing in the brain has a role ...

Health & Fitness | Health News

Salk Institute say the human brain can store 10 TIMES the memories previously thought

A team at the Salk Institute in California, discovered that, on average, one synapse can hold about 4.7 bits of information. This means that the human brain has a capacity of one petabyte.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Novel support for brain science theory with deep Brown roots

After University of Chicago neuroscientists analyzed data from David Sheinberg at Brown, they produced a new paper in Nature Neuroscience that offers novel support for a theory proposed at Brown in 1982

Health & Fitness | Health News

Migraines triggered by protein deep in the brain | New Scientist

A peptide that over-excites neurons controlling facial feeling is to blame for migraines – so drugs that constrict blood vessels won't work

Health & Fitness | Health News

Brain Most Sensitive to New Memories and Stress At This Stage of Life

In this phase of life the brain is especially sensitive to new memories, social stress. The brain may be particularly sensitive to new memories and social stress in adolescence, a new study has found. All brains have the ability to

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Researchers erase memories in mice with a beam of light

(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers with member affiliations to several institutions in the U.S. and Japan has developed a new device that allowed them to alter the spines on a neural dendrite in a mouse brain that was first modified naturally by an

Health & Fitness | Health News

The Sleeping Position That's Best for Brain Health?

While you're sleeping, your brain restores, recharges and cleanses itself of brain toxins. Research has found the best sleeping position for this.

News | In the News

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. The discovery could have profound implications for disea

News | Interesting Stories

The Difference Between Being Really Smart ... And Being A Genius

Most people tend to think of high IQ and genius as virtually the same, but they’re far from it.

News | Interesting Links

The New IP - IPv4 vs. IPv6 in the New IP

We're effectively out of free IPv4 addresses. Four billion addresses seemed like enough when there were only a handful of computers on the network. Now that we expect to connect all 7.2 billion humans, we simply must move to IPv6 and its 340 trillion avai

News | Interesting Stories

Scientist transmits message into mind of colleague 5,000 miles away using brain waves

Researchers led by the University of Barcelona used EEG headsets (pictured) to record electrical activity in the brain, and convert the words ‘hola’ and ‘ciao’ into binary.