Brain and Behavior

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The Reluctant Homeschooler: Seven Secrets to Survive & Thrive While Educating Your Kid At Home

I never intended to be a homeschooler. But as with COVID-19, sometimes life hands us surprises. Instead of grumbling about it I decided to do what I do best (research!)… read more

New Mindset For Uncertain Times

Leadership is a crucial attribute to have in today’s world if a person wants to be successful, and now there could be a new mindset theory to boost leadership qualities!… read more

Top 5 Altruistic Acts of COVID-19 and Why We Do Them

Altruism looks good on the outside, but usually comes at a cost. This type of prosocial behavior can be a conundrum because offering generosity takes from the giver, gives to… read more

The Coronavirus Blues

The first half of 2020 has brought unprecedented changes in social constructs, education, and financial status, just to name a few. The worldwide coronavirus epidemic has affected and continues to… read more

Brain Training Can Brighten Depression

Summertime means more outside adventures for young and old alike. And along with the hiking, biking, and boating come increased emergency room visits for concussion and other traumatic brain injury.… read more

Coronavirus Anxiety; Comfort Through Validation

In these days of economic and health distress, family members from young to old are understandably struggling with anxiety. Grandparents are fearful of getting sick, lonely and isolated. Children are… read more

Experience More Happiness

We all want to experience more happiness. Yet in this uncertain world, moments of happiness can seem fleeting at best. That rush of joy when you finally drive away in… read more

Improve Your Love Life by Turning Off Your Phone

Just picture it…a loving 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 vibration… read more

3 Ways to a New Brain for the New Year

(Back by popular demand…re-post from 1 year ago!) It was the evening of January 1st when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s… read more

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