Brain and Behavior

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Hidden Horrors of High School Athletics and Hope for Brain Training Treatment

Steven came home late that winter evening and dropped down on the couch with a triumphant grin. Another playoff success! With a regionals win under his belt for a second… read more

Smile More for a Happier You

Pop culture and media try to convince us that smiling people are happier…and you would be too, if you smiled more. But can the act of smiling actually influence the… read more

Microbiota Transfer Therapy for Autism Improvements

Scientific research reports a correlation between Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and abnormal gut microbiota. In a clinical trial of Microbiota Transfer Therapy (MTT), 18 participants diagnosed with ASD underwent a… read more

Adjust to College by Embracing Solitude

I could hear the tears in her voice: “Mom, I’m so lonely! I don’t know anyone here!” My heart ached for her, but I knew urging her to get out… read more

The Self-Absorbed Brain

Ever been accused of being self-absorbed? Well new research confirms that you are…but don’t feel too bad about it. Your brain is automatically and instinctively self-centered; in fact, all healthy… read more

Neurological Underpinnings of Dyslexia

Dyslexia can be a devastating disability for children and adults alike, who are otherwise functionally and developmentally typical in every way. Patients, parents, and scientists have long searched for deeper… read more

The Youthful Female Brain

As a woman I often envy the speedy metabolism of my husband and sons. It seems they can devour half a cheesecake with little consequence, while my overindulgence appears to… read more

Growth Mindset For Summer

A person’s mindset refers to how flexible they believe their personality and personal attributes are. A fixed mindset is if person doesn’t believe that they are able to change much,… read more

The Importance of Exercise for Young Adults

We all know and understand the overall health benefits of exercise at any age. Current research has revealed the unique importance of exercise for young adults, and how it can… read more

Tracing Back Memories

The young man sat in front of his counselor and recounted the disturbing and obscure image that had been haunting him: a tricycle with front wheel spinning crookedly toward the… read more

Me, Me, and More of Me

Juliana came in from school and rushed straight to her room. After 45 minutes of meticulously arranging her hair and make-up she sat in the afternoon sunlight by her window… read more

Ultimate Romance? Put Away Your Smartphone!

Just picture it…a glowing young couple gaze across the candlelit table at one another, fingers entwined. She leans in for a kiss when the moment is interrupted by a buzzing… read more

Spearmint Supplement for Attention

Product analysis table, pencil for editing, someone’s phone rings, shiny reflection from coworker’s watch, those are weird shoes, was that a dog barking?….  Attention struggles manifest at every age, in… read more

Surefire Stress Busters to Slow the Speed of Life

February is here, Spring is right around the corner, and time is rushing by at breakneck speed. And yet. And yet I sat there in the winter sunshine and did… read more

Incremental Goals For A Better New Year

Oh the joy of January: goal setting! For many of us, the frustration and disappointment of failure to achieve goals is a strong deterrent for typical New Year’s resolutions. After… read more

Smart Phone App to Reduce Obsessive Behaviors

The natural desire to avoid contact with germs can sometimes go too far, as with repetitive and frequent hand-washing. For those who struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), this fear of… read more

Holiday Hangovers, Stress, and the Brain

Imagine it: Pounding headache, sour stomach, and fatigue like a heavy blanket willing me to close my eyes. Fifteen minutes before I needed to be at the office; enough time… read more

A Nod to The New Year

Hot off the press… SAGE Journals publication of Perception offers insight into a simple way to achieve improved eye contact and interpersonal connection in the new year! Apparently most of… read more

Giving: The Happiest Gift of All

Research now offers scientific evidence for accuracy of the age-old-adage, “it is better to give than to receive.” In a delightfully Christmas-themed post this past week, Science Daily shared the… read more

Plugged In: The Conundrum of Disconnected Connections

It was 7:30AM as I drove through the bitter cold winter wind. Despite the heat blowing from my car vents the atmosphere inside felt bitter cold as well. My son… read more

Winter Blues

It’s that time of year again…shorter days, longer nights, and far fewer opportunities to soak up the sunshine. While we might love the coziness of a winter day indoors, many… read more

Busy Mindset = Increased Self Control

For many of us, a busy afternoon and evening might include running the kids to ballet and ball practice, picking up dry-cleaning, mid-traffic phone calls with the orthodontist, CPA, and… read more

Ditch Your Phone For A Happier Home

Parent Screen-Time Coincides with Child Behavior Problems.  The spaghetti sauce simmers on the stove, salad is ready to go, and I toss the noodles with olive oil. I pour a… read more

How and Why Mindfulness Alleviates Pain

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the current moment, acknowledging physical and cognitive perceptions without judgement or analysis. While this may sound simple, for many of us… read more

Football Star’s Incredible Story of Recovery with Brain Training

As high school football season ramps up, parents and professionals are increasingly pressing for research on treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries. Over the past several years science has revealed… read more

Mindfulness and College Students

With rising stress/anxiety levels in teens and young adults, a research team out of Cambridge explored the effects of mindfulness therapy on college students. The research team thought mindfulness therapy… read more

Kids Hate School? Brain Training To The Rescue!

By Terissa Miller, MS Psy This time last year Matthew had a frown on his face. Another school year was looming; in just days he would once again face the… read more

Single Session Mental Health Interventions

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer A staggering number of teens with mental health issues like depression and anxiety are not receiving the help they need. Multi-session based therapies can… read more

A Sense of Stress? The Nose Knows

Believe it or not, women have twice as many neurons related to smell as men do. That means they have a stronger sense of smell. Researchers at University of British… read more

Pregnancy Stress and Later Distress

Moody teenage years might be caused by significant prenatal stress. Researchers at Central European Institute of Technology analyzed MRI and mood-related data from a cohort of 93 young adults and found… read more

Hey Kids! Yoga Away Your Stress

Even kids need an outlet for stress and anxiety. Researchers at Tulane University examined the impact of 8 weeks of yoga and mindfulness training on the anxiety symptoms of third… read more

ASD School Intervention

Can you believe research has estimated that about half of all children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) could also be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder? Due to this,… read more

Depression Reducing Diet

New research from a team in Australia shows that a Mediterranean diet may help reduce depression. Imagine being able to reduce depression symptoms simply by changing your diet! Researchers organized… read more

Hitting Home: How Brain Training Changed My Son’s Life

by Tanya Mitchell This morning there was a beautiful sunrise here in Colorado, we even stopped the car on the way to school to take a picture. This afternoon Kip… read more

Trained For Happiness

Even though traumatic brain injury frequently results in a cascade of negative emotions including depression, brain training might help! Researchers at the Center for Brain Health at UT Dallas measured… read more

Parents and Mental Healthcare

More and more teenagers and children are in need of mental health services (13.4% of all teens and children), but only a slim percentage of these kids are actually receiving… read more

Mindfulness and Chronic Heart Failure

The symptoms of Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) can be extremely draining on a person due to fatigue, breathlessness, impaired sleeping, and feelings of anxiety and depression, but mindfulness intervention may… read more

Growing out of Anxiety

A person’s mindset refers to how flexible they believe their personality and personal attributes are. A fixed mindset is if person doesn’t believe that they are able to change much,… read more

Stressed?

The Impact of Stress on Your Brain and What You Can Do About It by Amy Lawson Moore, PhD THE RAT RACE Americans are stressed. We work hard, study hard,… read more

Workplace Stress Management Strategies

Any job can create stress, but what is being done at your workplace to reduce stress? Multiple studies seek to analyze what works best at reducing work related stress and… read more