'Feel Good' Brain Messenger Can Be Willfully Controlled, New Study ...

From the thrill of hearing an ice cream truck approaching to the spikes of pleasure while sipping a fine wine, the neurological messenger known as dopamine has been popularly described as the brain's "feel good" chemical related to reward and ...

Jul 26

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Happiness


Taking the brain out for a walk

If you're regularly out in the fresh air, you're doing something good for both your brain and your well-being. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf ...

Jul 22

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance


Rats prefer to help their own kind. Humans may be similarly wired

A decade after scientists discovered that lab rats will rescue a fellow rat in distress, but not a rat they consider an outsider, new UC Berkeley research pinpoints the brain regions that drive rats to prioritize their nearest and dearest in times ...

Jul 14


How Should You Talk To A Loved One Who Believes In Conspiracy Theories

It's easy to dismiss conspiracy theorists - but this is not a productive way to tackle the issue. Instead, researchers are exploring why people get sucked into such belief systems, even at the expense of personal relationships. This work can help us ...

Jul 7


Managing attention deficit disorder by training the brain

A team from the UNIGE and the HUG has found that a special type of brain training based on the principle of ‘neurofeedback’ enables people with attention deficit disorder to improve their ability to concentrate.

Jun 30

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


How gender norms and job loss affect relationship status

In cultures that place a high value on conventional gender norms, particularly those that prize men as the breadwinners in a family, their unemployment plays an outsized role in whether a romantic relationship ultimately succeeds or fails.

Jun 26

Categories: Relationships & Marriage


Neurological symptoms like fatigue common in mild Covid

Neurological and psychiatric symptoms such as fatigue and depression are common among people with Covid-19 and may be just as likely in people with mild cases, according to a new review study led by a UCL researcher.

Jun 15

Categories: Depression, Health / Illness / Medical Issues


Want to reduce your depression risk? Wake up an hour earlier

Waking up just one hour earlier could reduce a person's risk of major depression by 23%, suggests a sweeping new genetic study published May 26 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Jun 10

Categories: Depression


Scientists say active early learning shapes the adult brain

An enhanced learning environment during the first five years of life shapes the brain in ways that are apparent four decades later, say Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania scientists writing in the June edition of the Journal of Cognitive ...

Jun 8

Categories: Child Development


Neutrons show a connection between lithium concentration and ...

Depressive disorders are among the most frequent illnesses worldwide. The causes are complex and to date only partially understood. The trace element lithium appears to play a role. Using neutrons of the research neutron source at the Technical ...

May 28

Categories: Depression


Do Girls Really Show More Empathy Than Boys?

Three people are walking down the street, two women and one man. One of the women trips and falls. Which of the two observers will feel more empathy for her pain?

May 21

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, Empathy


Nature draws out a happy place for children

Young children in deprived areas see nature and outdoor spaces as being associated with "happy places", according to a new study published in the journal Child Indicators Research.

May 18

Categories: Child Development


The Sensitive Brain at Rest

You know that raw overwhelm people have been reporting after months of a pandemic, compounded by economic issues and social unrest? Does fatigue and compulsive social media scrolling strike a familiar chord?

May 10


How spanking may affect brain development in children

Spanking may affect a child's brain development in ways similar to more severe forms of violence, according to a new study led by Harvard researchers.

Apr 27

Categories: Child Development, Parenting


Stress does not lead to loss of self-control in eating disorders, ...

A unique residential study has concluded that, contrary to perceived wisdom, people with eating disorders do not lose self-control - leading to binge-eating - in response to stress. The findings of the Cambridge-led research are published today in ...

Apr 20

Categories: Eating Disorders