The way we breathe, in other words, directly affects the chemistry of our brains in a way that can enhance our attention and improve our brain health.
Sitting too much is linked to changes in a section of the brain that is critical for memory, according to a preliminary study by UCLA researchers of middle-aged and older adults.
Findings suggest physical activity frequency and volume are essential factors in the relationship between physical activity and happiness.
TBI is linked to greater violence and to problems when in prison, so better support could help to reduce the likelihood of offending or re-offending, and reduce the societal costs of incarceration.
The mammalian brain can form a map of its surroundings based solely on smells.
Study shows for the first time that exposure to green space during childhood is associated with beneficial structural changes in the developing brain.
Punishing a wrongdoer may be more rewarding to the brain than supporting a victim.
Male and female brains are different, functionally and anatomically. But that the EEG signals, electro-encephalography by electrodes placed on the skull, show different signals, was not demonstrated yet.
Any behavior is neither solely negative or solely positive. There are potential benefits for both, depending on the context you're placed in. We're all striving towards some artificial, archetypal ideal, whether it's physical appearance or youthfulness or intelligence or personality. But we need to recognize the importance of variability, both in ourselves and in the people around us. Because it does serve an adaptive purpose in our lives.
Study finds that individual neurons themselves slow down when we are sleep deprived, leading to delayed behavioral responses to events taking place around us. The neural lapse, or slowdown, affects the brain's visual perception and memory associations.
Research suggests even 10 minutes of aerobic activity can prime the parts of the brain that help us problem-solve and focus.
When observing a scene, the brain first processes details -- spots, lines and simple shapes -- and uses that information to build internal representations of more complex objects, like cars and people. But when recalling that information, the brain remembers those larger concepts first to then reconstruct the details -- representing a reverse order of processing.
Rapid eye movement sleep may dampen sensitivity to fearful stimuli.
City dwellers living close to a forest were more likely to show indications of a physiologically healthy amygdala structure und were therefore presumably better able to cope with stress.
Study suggests that pair bond formation involves areas of the brain involved in social memory and reward, while maintenance of the bond appears to be based on negative reinforcement, that is, avoiding the pain of separation. The locations of these areas differ between rodent and primate brains, but the underlying neurochemistry seems to involve the same hormones.
When humans simultaneously experience extremes of physical and mental exertion, our internal trade-off preserves cognitive function as the body's priority.
A new study in the Psychological Science finds that a short-term rise in testosterone – as might occur when in the presence of an attractive potential mate, or during competition – shifts the way men think, encouraging them to rely on quick, intuitive, and generally less accurate, judgements, rather than engaging in careful, more deliberate thought.
Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous. People who act solely out of self-interest are less happy. Merely promising to be more generous is enough to trigger a change in our brains that makes us happier. This is what researchers found in a recent study.
Activation of a reward-processing brain region peaks in the morning and evening and dips at 2 p.m., finds a study. This finding may parallel the drop in alertness people tend to feel in mid-afternoon.
Research suggests that intergenerational inheritance of gender-specific traits may better be explained by highly stable features of the social environment.