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Gray matter and the cerebral cortex are like brain-science superstars that hog the spotlight. But their dominance may be fading as white matter and the cerebellum gain traction.
Although most of our dreams are based on past experiences, new research suggests that about one quarter of our time spent dreaming is oriented towards tomorrow and the future.
Until recently, scientists relied on complex and costly brain scans to assess the brain benefits of exercise. Now, a simple blood test shows promise for measuring these benefits.
Immediately after practicing something, a new study shows how the brain quickly replays the motor sequence at 20 times its original speed in a burst of neural activity.
New research pinpoints how the vagus nerve lets the brain know when the stomach is empty and needs food versus when the stomach is full and it's time to stop eating.
A mother's motivation to nurture and protect her kids may be partly influenced by an "on/off" switch in the brain, new research in mice suggests.
New research identifies how the "gist" of old memories lingers as the details fade away and get blurrier over time.
Night owls have a higher risk of depression than early birds, a recent study reports. The good news: Shifting night owls' sleep cycle to an hour earlier appears to lower this risk.
Fiction may provide "narrative transport" away from the pain and suffering someone is experiencing in the real world, a new study reports.
Accumulating evidence suggests that older adults may not need to walk 10,000 steps per day to increase longevity.
Accumulating evidence suggests that smartphones and social media usage may not be as harmful to our mental health as previously reported.
A new "harm monitoring" study investigates the adverse effects of mindfulness-based practices.
New research suggests that high-intensity interval training may provide exercise-related brain benefits much faster—and more robustly—than longer and easier cardio workouts.
When describing the characteristics of an "ideal student", a new survey of university students and educators ranks diligence and engagement above academic skills and intelligence.
A new dream theory posits that having wild and crazy dreams may help the brain extract useful information and learn new things.
New research into human cooperation suggests that helping others directly or witnessing someone help another person both played a role in the evolutionary emergence of cooperation.
New research suggests that pink-colored sports drinks may enhance athletic performance and boost "feel-good" associations with exercise.
Seeking real-life social support, as opposed to support from social media networks, may help reduce anxiety, depressive symptoms, and loneliness, a new study reports.
Accumulating evidence suggests that the human cerebellum evolved in ways that make our brains extraordinary.
Regardless of whether or not someone is a parent—adults from all walks of life display more willingness to help others in the presence of children, new research suggests.
Next to gray matter, white matter is often treated as a supporting player. But new research affirms its importance for cognitive function.
A recently published 30-year study identifies how childhood maltreatment is often passed down from generation to generation and offers some advice on how to disrupt this cycle.
Smiling too much during a fundraising pitch may undermine an entrepreneur's ability to raise seed money from potential investors, a new study reports.
A new study suggests that using your imagination to make commonplace things seem valuable can shape goal-directed behavior.
A new fMRI study suggests that the imagined usefulness of an option shapes representations of it in the brain during goal-directed behavior.
A new method of activating the body's "natural painkillers" shows promise for alleviating pain with fewer side effects.
Accumulating evidence suggests that short bouts of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may have comparable health benefits to longer bouts of moderate-intensity exercise.
A new meta-analysis of 419 studies identifies eight different psychological interventions that can be tailored to help improve mental well-being.
Enzymes in the cerebellum may play a previously under-recognized role in mediating how alcohol affects the brain and why drinking too much makes people drunk, a new study reports.
Five hours of moderate exercise a week may help prevent hypertension in midlife.
Christopher Bergland is a retired ultra-endurance athlete turned science writer, public health advocate, and promoter of cerebellum ("little brain") optimization.