Mental Health

Helicopter Parenting Can Lead To Poor Self-regulation in Children

Parents of young children in America today are increasingly pressured to be uber-involved, and the influence of social media only exacerbates this trend. Moms and dads alike are expected to attend every soccer game, make cupcakes for school, and ensure that Junior’s science project is over-the-top. This kind of helicopter parenting is all the rage…but… read more

COVID Pandemic and Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Double Whammy of Disrupted Routines

Children with an autism spectrum disorder and their caregivers face unique challenges in the best of times. During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis these challenges rose exponentially in ways that scientists are just beginning to evaluate. A recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders revealed worsening behaviors and understandably increased stress levels… 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

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

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

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 bored and yet overwhelmed with the new demands of schooling at home. Parents are struggling to cover the bills while juggling work changes, income cuts,… 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 your new car…or the gasp of delight over those glittering birthday earrings…even the pleasure of a bargain-find, perfectly fitted new jacket… According to researchers with… read more