How To Know When Holiday Drinking Is Hurting Your Brain

How To Know When Holiday Drinking Is Hurting Your Brain

For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer – and, often, alcohol. Commercially speaking, alcohol and the holidays seem to be made for each other. Alcohol can be a quick and easy way to get into the spirit of celebration….

Addictions Can Be Detected In The Brain Even After Death

Addictions Can Be Detected In The Brain Even After Death

Becoming addicted to drugs or sex causes changes to the brain that can still be seen even after death. Aside from helping forensic investigators figure out how their “clients” might have lived and died, the implications of this discovery also shed light on why addicts find it so difficult to kick their habits, even if…

What Magic Mushrooms Do To Your Body And Brain

What Magic Mushrooms Do To Your Body And Brain

There’s evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind. Several studies, including two promising recent clinical trials, suggest that psilocybin, shrooms’ psychoactive ingredient, may hold the potential to help relieve severe anxiety and depression. Still, because they’re classified as Schedule 1 — meaning they have “no accepted medical use” and are illegal — it’s…

Five ways Christmas affects your brain

Five ways Christmas affects your brain

Christmas is a time of year like no other; gifts are exchanged, little-spoken-to relatives are contacted, and appetising treats are consumed with great gusto. Christmas can be both a time of stress and a time of relaxation. But whether you love or hate Christmas it’s pretty difficult to avoid – and so your brain may…

At what age is it easiest to learn a second language?

At what age is it easiest to learn a second language?

If you want to learn a foreign language, should you begin before a certain age in order to fully master it? Popular opinion holds that young children find it easier than adults because childhood is a “critical period” for language learning. It has been difficult to prove this, but new research published by my colleagues…