What the Brain Shows: The Benefits of Virtual Reality in Creative ...

Virtual reality (VR) continues to expand its uses in medicine, specifically in treatments for psychological conditions like trauma, phobias and eating disorders. The technology is also emerging as a tool in creative arts therapies.

Sep 16

Categories: Art Therapy


Brain Refreshing: Why the Dreaming Phase Matters

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba and Kyoto University find that capillary blood flow in the brain, which is important for delivering oxygen and nutrients and removing waste products, is increased in mice during the dream-active phase of ...

Sep 10

Categories: Sleep Disorders


Beyond dopamine: New reward circuitry discovered

The key to overcoming addictions and psychiatric disorders lives deep inside the netherworld of our brains and the circuitry that causes us to feel good. Just like space, this region of the brain needs more exploration. The oldest and most known ...

Sep 6

Categories: Happiness


When Bosses Are Respectful, Young People Are More Resilient At Work ...

From ball pits to free beers, fun job perks have received plenty of press attention over the last few years. For millennials, such benefits should surely be appealing - they are, after all, the generation these perks were ostensibly designed for. ...

Aug 31

Categories: Workplace Issues


Having a Good Listener Improves Your Brain Health

Supportive social interactions in adulthood are important for your ability to stave off cognitive decline despite brain aging or neuropathological changes such as those present in Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds.

Aug 31

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Think leisure is a waste? That may not bode well for your mental ...

Feeling like leisure is wasteful and unproductive may lead to less happiness and higher levels of stress and depression, new research suggests.

Aug 27

Categories: Happiness


New findings on how ketamine acts against depression

The discovery that the anaesthetic ketamine can help people with severe depression has raised hopes of finding new treatment options for the disease. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now identified novel mechanistic insights of how the drug ...

Aug 20

Categories: Depression


Remember more by taking breaks

We remember things longer if we take breaks during learning, referred to as the spacing effect. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology gained deeper insight into the neuronal basis for this phenomenon in mice. With longer intervals ...

Aug 10

Categories: Learning Difficulties


New study suggests exercise can boost kids' vocabulary growth

A recent study by University of Delaware researchers suggests exercise can boost kids' vocabulary growth. The article, published in the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, details one of the first studies on the effect of exercise on ...

Jul 29

Categories: Child Development


'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