Brain and Behavior

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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

Training to Fight Depression

Looking for an alternative way to reduce rumination thoughts and depressive symptoms? MAP (Mental and Physical) training may be very beneficial! Researchers collected data on the mental and physical benefits… read more

Beneficial Mindset

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

Mental Health Stigma

Mental health services are under utilized in today’s society even when certain barriers are eliminated. The cost of therapy and lack of insurance is a large barrier keeping people from… read more