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

Sleep

Twelve Tips to Help You Get a Better Sleep

Sometimes, I struggle to fall asleep at night. I would lie in bed all night, trying to stop myself from thinking about anything specific. And during these times, there was always an impulse to get my phone and browse news or SNS. I would always have to struggle for a few minutes against this idea.… Continue reading Twelve Tips to Help You Get a Better Sleep

Memory

The Art and Science of Memory: A Journey Towards Remembering Everything

Memory is everything we have. We are our memory and humans have been constantly searching for ways to improve memory. Mnemonics, a technique that boosts memory, has been around for centuries. Sherlock’s mind palace is but one example. It is more professionally known as “the method of loci”. The method of loci was extensively used… Continue reading The Art and Science of Memory: A Journey Towards Remembering Everything

Marriage

Married People Have Lower Levels of Stress Hormone Than Single People Do

Recently Brian Chin at Carnegie Mellon University published an interesting paper on Psychoneuroendocrinology. Chin showed that compared to single people, married people have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva. The level of salivary cortisol resembles that in the blood. Notably, in this study, the salivary cortisol was measured during waking hours… Continue reading Married People Have Lower Levels of Stress Hormone Than Single People Do

Exercise

Playing Tennis Enhances Cognitive Ability

Congratulations to Dr. Ishihara and Professor Mizuno for the acceptance of their new paper: “Relationship of tennis play to executive function in children and adolescents”. Executive function is a core set of cognitive abilities. Executive function determines our fluid intelligence, that is our reasoning and problem-solving abilities. An example of executive function is working memory… Continue reading Playing Tennis Enhances Cognitive Ability