Brain and Behavior

Laughter May Be The Best Medicine After All (At Least For Your Brain)

Did you hear the one about the guy who swapped the gas pump labels? It was an April Fuel’s joke… (hahahaha!!) April 1st is the day for silly pranks and jokes, and new research published in the most recent issue of Health Communication by Taylor & Francis Online reveals brain healthy benefits of making others… read more

The Top 5 Podcasts for Brain Health

We want to do everything possible to keep our brains in top-notch condition, but finding the best resources isn’t always easy. Who are the experts we should be listening to? The team at Modern Brain Journal scoured the podcast community to find five of the best shows on brain health. We picked shows with two… read more

Rebellious Teen? Try Some Empathy

A new study published in the Journal of Moral Education explored the connection between parental support, empathy, and teenage delinquency. This compelling research was conducted over 4 years, with 3865 adolescents from age 12 through 17. The teens were surveyed on three separate occasions; first at age 12/13, again at 14/15, and finally at 16/17… read more

The Surprising New Year Goal That Science Shows Will Increase Your Happiness

After a year of COVID induced isolation and quarantine, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to travel! New research published in Science Daily reveals that people who search, talk, and dream about travel adventures are much more likely to go on consistent trips than those who don’t. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? But… read more

Exercise Classes for Older Adults Diminish Loneliness

This past year of COVID quarantining and isolation has been difficult for everyone, and particularly for the aging population. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness have been on the rise and the current state of this pandemic shows no end in sight. However, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry recently published an encouraging study that offers hope… read more

An Attitude of Gratitude, Even With COVID

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this year it comes with unprecedented isolation and disappointment. While traditionally our country has crowded around a family table to celebrate the holiday season, Thanksgiving place-settings of 2020 will be socially distanced.   How can we find an attitude of gratitude amidst the frustrations of COVID? Research on… read more

When I’m Right, I’m Right; When I’m Wrong, I’m Right!

The puzzling truth about narcissists is that they are never wrong. Of course a sane mind recognizes this laughable impossibility, yet the narcissist truly never recognizes or believes in personal flaws, failures, or mistakes. According to researchers from Oregon State University, narcissists are unable to learn from their mistakes because they do not perceive personal… 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! Most people have only heard of Fixed or Growth Mindsets, but the Benefit Mindset is now coming into fruition. The Benefit Mindset focuses on “being… 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 the taker, and gives to the giver. Confused? New research from the June 2020 issue of Science Advances helps us sort it all out.  “Prosocial… 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 affect every citizen of the globe, regardless of fame, status, or wealth. For the average family, COVID-19 meant kids no longer attended brick-and-mortar school, job… 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. According to the Human Brain Mapping journal, depression is the number-one psychiatric symptom associated with traumatic brain injury, and research shows brain training can help.… read more