Brain Health

A healthy brain means a healthy life—and a healthy life means a healthy brain. While genes and environment affect our brain development, lifestyle is responsible for most types of changes in brain function. The choices we make actively help or hinder how effectively we can process information, retrieve memories, regulate our emotions, communicate clearly, create and imagine, and solve problems. Healthy amounts of quality nutrition, exercise, rest, intellectual and creative stimulation, and social connection are all crucial boosts to the system, while artificial stimulants and suppressants, head injuries, sleep deprivation, and social isolation all have direct tangible impacts on our brain health. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

This Is Your Brain on Gluten

A No. 1 bestseller by a respected physician argues that gluten and carbohydrates are at the root of Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. What to make of the controversial theory?

Yoga May Be Good for the Brain

A weekly routine of yoga and meditation may strengthen thinking skills and help to stave off aging-related mental decline, according to a new study of older adults with early signs of memory problems.

Speaking of Psychology: Keeping Your Brain Fit Episode 28

Much like in our arms or legs, our brain’s “muscles” can rebuild and grow if they’re given the right exercise. In this episode, neuroscientist Tracey Shors talks about how her research has led her to explore links between physical and mental exercise.

When Freud Meets fMRI

The emerging field of “neuropsychoanalysis” aims to combine two fundamentally different areas of study—psychoanalysis and neuroscience—for a whole new way of understanding how the mind works.

The New Science of Motherhood

Through studies of fetal DNA, researchers are revealing how a child can shape a mom’s heart and mind—literally

David Perlmutter, MD: The Dynamic Brain

The more that you do something, the more it will ultimately form a more indelible relationship between neurons and neural networks.

Balancing the Brain Toward Joy

In her best-selling book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Taylor details the process for recovery and the insight she’s gained about the different functions of the left and right halves of her brain.

How Meditation Changes Your Brain—and Your Life

When neuroscientists tested expert meditators, they discovered something surprising: The effect of Buddhist meditation isn’t just momentary; it can alter deep-seated traits in our brain patterns and character.

In Patients Under Hypnosis, Scientists Find Distinctive Patterns in the Brain

Psychiatrists have been using hypnosis on patients for decades—to help them reduce their pain or kick a smoking habit, among other reasons.

Why Do We Dream? A New Theory on How It Protects Our Brains

Whenever we learn something new, pick up a new skill, or modify our habits, the physical structure of our brain changes.