Diet

The Value of Eating a Variety of Foods during Childhood

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Sofia Vilela at the University of Porto, Portugal. Dietary recommendations from the World Health Organization include the consumption of a wide variety of foods consisting mainly from plants in preference to animals’ sources [1,2]. Eating a variety of healthy foods allows us to achieve an optimal… Continue reading The Value of Eating a Variety of Foods during Childhood

Memory

Involuntary Memories in Everyday Life: Implications for Psychological Distress

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Adriana del Palacio-Gonzalez at the Center on Autobiographical Memory Research, Aarhus University, Denmark. Have you ever caught yourself smiling when you were by yourself walking on the street or driving? It happens to me and many times it is because a funny memory comes to mind.… Continue reading Involuntary Memories in Everyday Life: Implications for Psychological Distress

Pregnancy

Folic Acid During Early Brain Development Is Important, but Too Much Is Not Good

This is an invited research digest contributed by Dr. Nafisa M. Jadavji at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, Canada. Folic acid is a B-vitamin and is well known for its role during early neurodevelopment. It promotes the closure of the neural tube in utero. The neural tube in the developing embryo is the first step… Continue reading Folic Acid During Early Brain Development Is Important, but Too Much Is Not Good

Memory

Improving How We Remember That We Already Remembered an Event

This is an invited research digest contributed by Marcus L. Leppanen, M.S. at the University of Louisville. The most common form of memory that is studied in psychology is memory for events from a person’s life, for instance, their graduation ceremony years ago or the romantic dinner with their partner last night.  However, people frequently… Continue reading Improving How We Remember That We Already Remembered an Event

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