New Study Sheds Light on How Antidepressants Impact the Brain
We all get the blues sometimes, but for the 15.7 million Americans impacted by depression each year, feelings of worthlessness, sadness and hopelessness don’t go away. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, and the number of Americans taking antidepressants is on the... Read more
New Evidence May Explain Why Enriched Environments Protect Against Alzheimer’s
We all expect our bodies to deteriorate over time, and we know that our brains are a part of that body. We still don’t expect the brain to be the first organ to completely fail. As our lifespans increase, however, this organ is becoming one of our most vulnerable... Read more
The Physical Secrets of “Superaging”
It’s 8:00 AM and you just can’t kind your car keys. You’re sure you had them when you walked in the door last night, but they just aren’t in any of the usual places. When you finally find them, sitting in plain view on your coffee table, you have... Read more
Our Reward System May be the Key to Sleep Cycles
My mother has an annoying, but insightful, habit. Anytime I’m stressed out or feeling blue she always asks the same question: how are you sleeping? It is annoying because she is my mother, and it is insightful because she is usually right. According to the National Institute of Health... Read more
Scientists Find Brain’s Turbo Switch: FXR1P
Why is this Important? Because this could be like a real-life version of the film Limitless. tl;dr (Long Story Short) Scientists appear to have found a regulator in the brain that suppresses the production of molecules required to build new memories, opening up the possibility that human brains are... Read more
5 Daily Brain Exercises
Your brain is capable of some pretty amazing things. It’s constantly changing in response to your habits and lifestyle, and it behaves like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it will become. That’s not metaphorical, either: you can “work out” parts of your brain, making... Read more
Let’s Talk About Your Brain
Not just about what it does or what it feels. Let’s talk about what is physically inside of your skull – that pinkish mass of electrodes and other goodies that is allowing you to read this article right now. What does your brain look like? Your brain is soft.... Read more
Addiction and The Brain
It still happens today, although not as often. Some people think that addiction is something people can basically will themselves out of it, but that isn’t the way it works. Addiction is a disease. Nobody tells people to will themselves out of a cold or a broken arm. The... Read more
What Happens in the Brain During Isolation?
People that are in a state of isolation start experiencing odd things. Whether this state of isolation is due to self-imposition or due to an outside factor like incarceration, it certainly does something to the mind. What exactly does it do, though? Let’s talk about loneliness. That is the... Read more
Your Brain During an Orgasm
You have probably never thought about what your brain was doing when you were having an orgasm. After all, you were kind of busy. What happens to your brain while you are having sex? Well, your brain acts kind of like a pleasure center. It’s what tells you whether... Read more
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