Hordeum_vulgare_in_Lancaster,_PA-001 February 26

Going Organic: Good for the Brain?

The Picturesque Setting: I spent half my life living in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, on a farm my paternal grandparents purchased when they left the suburbs of New York City in the ‘70s to return to their roots.  They spent many years fixing up the farm where I grew up with my immediate family after […]

wilcox_0605 February 19

From Gold Thongs to Opioid Receptors: The Placebo Effect

Great Expectations Rumor has it that when his batting average was precipitously low, Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi would slip on a gold thong before the game for some extra luck at the plate.  He swore that it always worked, and he was even generous enough to share it with his teammates on occasion. There […]

black_brain__red_heart_by_bizarrockero-d3imq68 February 14

THE BRAIN IS A BATTLEFIELD (A LOOK AT YOUR BRAIN POST-BREAKUP)

All couples look forward to Valentine’s night. Flying around the apartment, you quickly assemble everything needed for the romantic evening: nice outfit, box stuffed with chocolates, blood-red envelope holding your oh-so-romantic valentine card. The doorbell rings, and you smile broadly as you pull open the door… to find your beloved standing there, frowning and valentine-less. […]

eternal-sunshine-pic2 February 13

The Neuroscience of the Spotless Mind

Although there are undoubtedly even more Valentine’s Day-themed films than there are Shades of Grey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind stands a cut above the rest. I say this not only as a movie-enthusiast but also as a neuroscience-enthusiast. This film may not be overtly about neuroscience, but it touches on questions and themes that are […]

Romeo_and_Juliet_(detail)_by_Frank_Dicksee February 12

A science of falling in love?

“To fall in love with anyone, do this!” proclaimed the headline of a recent article from the New York Times’ Modern Love column. As a skeptic in everything (and what cognitive scientist wouldn’t be skeptical of such a statement?), it seemed shocking to discover that the secret to falling in love, according to the article, […]

From www.huffingtonpost.com February 11

Add A Little Romance (Novel) To This Valentine’s Day- Part 2!

One of my favorite things about reading today’s romance novels (and if you see me reading my Kindle, there’s at least a 75% chance I’m reading one) is that women are no longer confined to the role of society belle or ditzy beauty.  Heroines are becoming just that- women who kick ass mentally as well […]

From www.laurakiinsale.com February 10

Add A Little Romance (Novel) To Your Valentine’s Day- Part 1!

Is there a more maligned genre of literature than the romance novel?  For years it’s been made fun of as the primary choice of literature for middle aged spinster cat ladies everywhere, as something to sneer and scoff at. No more. The image of romance novels is changing, and changing fast.  The genre has moved […]

NEUTITLE February 05

Brain Training or Just Brain Games: The Neuroscience of Cognitive Transfer

If you listen to podcasts, you have no doubt heard the phrase ‘Lumosity: Brain games by real neuroscientists’. The idea is simple: Much like the mundane, repetitive tasks like running and lifting weights have positive real-world health benefits, tasks like figuring out if arrows are going up or down or performing math could have positive […]

Time-is-Slipping-Away-211x300 January 29

time keeps on slippin’

A few nights ago I made the mistake of baking lasagna while extremely hungry. Each tick of the timer reverberated inside my skull for what seemed like hours, and the cheese just refused to melt. Later that same night I accidentally stayed up until 2 in the morning absentmindedly watching hours of YouTube videos that […]

Here's an example of the first author's face normally, digitized, and age-progressed January 22

Present you vs. Future you

It’s almost the end of January. How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? If you haven’t stuck to them, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority. There are many reasons we don’t meet our well-intentioned goals to go to the gym more, quit smoking, or go to bed earlier at night. One […]

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