Sleep

Trouble Falling Asleep? Write a To-Do List

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Hannah Ballard (Texas A&M University) and Dr. Michael K. Scullin (Baylor University). Do you ever lie awake in bed at night waiting to fall asleep? If so, you are not alone: 40% of Americans report trouble falling asleep at night [1]. Difficulty falling asleep is not only… Continue reading Trouble Falling Asleep? Write a To-Do List

Decision making

How Strangers Influence What we Eat

This is an invited research digest contributed by Chelsea D. Christie (MA) and Dr. Frances S. Chen at the Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia. How do you decide what to eat? Would you say that you make a calculated decision after considering nutritional value, taste, and cost? Or do you choose food that… Continue reading How Strangers Influence What we Eat

Development

The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

This is an invited research digest by Dr. Monica Ellwood-Lowe of Stanford University. A number of studies have shown that the hippocampus, a brain region that is particularly sensitive to stress, is smaller in children who grow up in homes with fewer economic and educational resources. The hippocampus is nestled deep in the brain, critical for… Continue reading The Long-term Impacts of Parents’ Income on Children’s Brain Development

Mindfulness

Three Essential Questions to Start Practicing Meditation

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Y. Mochizuki of RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. Meditation, something that has been practiced by various religious traditions since antiquity, is now receiving more attention in science. Numerous studies report beneficial effects of meditation, and its underlying neural mechanism is beginning to be elucidated. In this… Continue reading Three Essential Questions to Start Practicing Meditation

Exercise

Swimming as One of the Most Preferable Forms of Exercise

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. N. Harasawa of RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. Are you satisfied with your physical and mental condition?  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports 34% of U.S. adults meet criteria of metabolic syndrome [1]. National Institute of Mental Health reports 18% of U.S. adults… Continue reading Swimming as One of the Most Preferable Forms of Exercise

Education

The Study Blues: Impact of Academic Stress on Immunity

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Viktoriya Maydych, Dr. Maren Claus, Dr. Thomas Kleinsorge, and Dr. Carsten Watzl at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund, Germany. Almost everyone feels nervous or anxious when preparing for and taking an exam. Indeed, outcomes of exams are associated… Continue reading The Study Blues: Impact of Academic Stress on Immunity

Decision making

Paradoxical Consequences of Maximizing When Choosing the Best Friends

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. David B Newman at the University of Southern California. I recently received a Facebook invite to attend a friend’s party. Before indicating whether I would attend, I checked to see who else would be there. I also texted several other friends to find out what their… Continue reading Paradoxical Consequences of Maximizing When Choosing the Best Friends

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Mediates the Physiological Markers of Stress

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Michaela C. Pascoe of Australian Catholic University. Meditation is a popular form of stress management, and some research shows that it can be helpful in decreasing how stressed we feel when faced with challenges. Many of these studies that have looked at physiological markers of stress… Continue reading Mindfulness Mediates the Physiological Markers of Stress

Sleep

Dream Your Way to More Health and Happiness

This is an invited research digest, contributed by Dr. Rubin Naiman at the University of Arizona, with Sarah Moran Where would we be without our dreams? When dreaming, or REM sleep, takes a hit, we lose so much more than we realize. The loss of dreams holds us back us on every level, compromising our physical, mental,… Continue reading Dream Your Way to More Health and Happiness

Pregnancy

Your Baby’s Developing Brain

Are you pregnant or thinking about starting a family? Do you want the best start possible for your baby, providing them with natural brain development? Do you want to make sure your own mental health won’t have a negative impact on your baby’s developing brain? In this fascinating, well-researched and informative series, Your Baby’s Developing… Continue reading Your Baby’s Developing Brain