Stress Makes It Harder to Recognize Danger

Sometimes stress heightens our awareness, but more often, it dulls our ability to respond to new threats. Recognizing the risk and reducing sources of stress can help.

The Paradox of Confiding in (Near) Strangers

Think you only discuss important matters with your closest confidants? A new book suggests your inner circle is bigger than you imagine.

What’s Your Friendship Style?

No one way of making friends works for everyone, but some form of connection is essential.

This Is Your Brain on First Grade

When kids start grade school, they have to learn to sit still and pay attention. That experience helps them develop better executive functioning.

How Children’s Brains Learn to Reason

Reasoning is a profoundly important cognitive skill that affects achievement in school and in challenging careers. Now we know more about how it develops in children's brains.

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.

Do Brain-Changing Games Really Work?

Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.

Must We Delay Gratification? Maybe Not

Intuition tells us to work first so we'll enjoy playing more later. But new research says we don't have to wait to savor some fun and give ourselves a break.

This Is Your Brain Falling in Love

A new study let scientists get a glimpse of what happens when one individual is becoming attracted to another.

When Do Friends Matter Most?

Having friends is strongly associated with health and longevity, but scientists are only starting to ask when the effects of social relationships emerge and how long they last.

The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies

Think babies just chew books? Even if they can't talk, they get a lot out of reading.

Even Fish Need Friends

Friends calm us down when we're stressed. But how? There's still a lot scientists don't know, but recent studies in animals and humans provide some answers.

The Inside Story of How Slow Breathing Calms You Down

A new study of laid-back mice reveals the connection between slow breathing and tranquility.

It's Not Me, It's You

New research on "you" reveals the power of pronouns in helping us process and make meaning from hard times.

How to Train Your Brain Like a Memory Champion

Want to improve your memory? A new study shows that a strategy used by memory athletes produces superior memory in regular people and changes their brains, too.

The Three Basics of Friendship

Recognizing your true friends can be surprisingly simple. There are some fundamental elements that every close bond shares.

So You Think You Can Dance?

What makes a woman a good dancer? The hips don't lie.

Pregnancy Changes the Brain for the Better

Feeling forgetful in pregnancy? Your brain is changing, but in ways that will help in motherhood.

Growing Up and Gazing Down at Mom

As my kids overtake me in height, I remind myself that their brains haven't fully grown yet.

The Slippery Slope of Dishonesty

New brain research tells the truth about lying. It gets easier over time.

What Exactly Does Lead Do to a Child's Brain?

The water crisis in Flint has put lead back in the headlines. Here's what it means to be a neurotoxin.

Reconsidering Resolutions

No more same old, same old resolutions this year. They don't work anyway. I'm trying on a new attitude instead.

The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch

What's in a mother's caress? A set of specialized nerve fibers may help to explain why holding babies builds attachment.

The Power of Talk

What is the best way to nurture a child's brain? The answer is simpler than you think.

Vision: How We See the World

In order to see clearly, the brain has to take the world apart and put it back together again.

Adolescence and the College Search: A Perfect Match?

The teenage brain may be perfectly adapted to thinking about college. Really.

The Wonder of Hearing

Did you hear that? Even a word as simple as "hello" requires a process of sequencing and precision as complicated as a symphony.

The Five Senses and the Nature of Perception

Information enters the brain through the doors of our senses in a complex process computers still can't match. New thinking about the nature of perception helps explain why.

4 Rules For Hanging On to What You Learn

To get better at a skill, you've got to do it. But how much and for how long? New research on perceptual learning has a few answers.

The Neurobiology of Dr. Seuss

Neuroscientists have been able to peer inside the brain and see what happens when children hear and learn language. They know now that Dr. Seuss was on to something. Repetition, rhythm and rhyme help children in crucial ways to process the speech they hear, and fine-tune the connections between auditory and language networks.