Brain Education

TIME: This factor is key to your attractiveness

Humans are drawn to one another for countless reasons, and the fact that we’re often drawn to people who seem to “get us” emotionally is now borne out by a new study published in the journal PNAS: We are attracted to people whose emotions we can easily understand—and that may be due in part to […]

Huffington Post: Your brain: The new user’s manual

Despite its exalted status as the control center, the capitol of the body politic, the brain gets short shrift in the health and fitness world. One explanation for this lies in a relatively new understanding of that gelatinous glob in our head that makes us human. (April 5, 2016) Read the full article here

Science Magazine: Good social skills make animals smarter

Using tools doesn’t make humans, dolphins, and crows smart. Rather, it’s the stress and challenge of living with others—recognizing friend from foe, calculating who to deceive and who to befriend—that led these and other social creatures to evolve their cognitive skills. (April 1, 2016) Read the full article here

Huffington Post: 10 brain discoveries you should know

Listed below are 10 discoveries about your brain that hold out to you the possibility of turning a brain wired for stress into a brain wired for the Good Life, which is a life of being well and doing well on the way to flourishing. Actualizing this change is simpler than you might imagine, and […]

Medical News Today: Uncertainty is more stressful than pain, say neurologists

Now, research published in Nature Communications suggests that knowing that something bad is going to happen is better than not knowing whether it will happen or not. Findings show that a small possibility of receiving a painful electric shock causes people more stress than knowing for sure that a shock was on the way. (March […]

Huffington Post: Foods to eat for good brain health

Typically, we eat with our body weight or heart health in mind, but research shows we should also be eating for our brains. It is now well known that our food choices influence our memory, mood, general cognitive skills and mental wellbeing. (March 30, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Study finds unpredictability improves memory recall

Memory training with unpredictable components could be more effective in enhancing episodic memory than training with predictable elements, according to new findings from UT Dallas researchers published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Episodic memories are those associated with autobiographical events, such as a past birthday party or first trip to an amusement park. (March […]