Transformations Of The Teenage Brain Reveal How Mental Disorders Arise

Transformations Of The Teenage Brain Reveal How Mental Disorders Arise

Adolescence is a critical period in a person’s cognitive development, during which their intellectual capacities and personality traits undergo profound changes. While such radical transformations often help prepare us for adulthood, they also open up new possibilities for the development of mental health disorders like depression and schizophrenia. In a groundbreaking new study, researchers from…

Here’s What Hypnosis Does To Your Brain

Here’s What Hypnosis Does To Your Brain

Though many people associate hypnotism with second-rate magicians, the practice is in fact supported by a large number of clinicians and neuroscientists who see it as a powerful tool to hack the minds of patients suffering from psychological and psychosomatic disorders. Yet in order to get the best results out of this strange yet apparently…

Here’s Why The Texture Of Some Food Grosses Us Out

Here’s Why The Texture Of Some Food Grosses Us Out

Though said to be both delicious and an aphrodisiac, oysters often fall down on the texture test. This raises an interesting question – why do so many of us squirm at the thought of shucking a slimy shellfish or slurping on a slippery slice of sashimi? According to a new study in the journal Neuron,…

Quitting Smoking Reverses Dopamine Deficits In The Brain

Quitting Smoking Reverses Dopamine Deficits In The Brain

Researchers have come up with some excellent news for all smokers thinking of kicking the habit. They have discovered that the dopamine imbalances in the brain caused by nicotine consumption are completely reversed within three months of giving up. Aside from indicating that smoking doesn’t cause lingering mental deficits, the study also provides evidence that…

can-harry-potter-save-us-from-trump

can-harry-potter-save-us-from-trump

As outbreaks of violence produce reprisals and political leaders advocate inflaming the situation over calming it, it may seem like only magic can save us from ourselves. Wizardry may not be the only path, but a new study indicates that it could be useful, with people who read the tales of Harry Potter being less…

Researchers Figure Out The "Golden Rule" Of Internet Dating

Researchers Figure Out The "Golden Rule" Of Internet Dating

Navigating yourself around the world of online dating might seem like a fine art. However, the likes of Tinder, OkCupid, and others provide a huge amount of statistical data that give social scientists and psychologists new avenues to explore. Within this exploration of human behavior in the information age, researchers have identified the golden rule for…