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Tinder and Human Nature: How and Why Tinder Works

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

"Chemistry" is not just the inexplicable adrenaline-charged sensation when two would-be lovers meet. It is the igniter, the catalyst for all forms o...

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Introversion is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of personality. What is the essence of introversion? Let's explore the core of the extraversion-introversion dimension of personality.

'I Woke Up and I Could Walk': Sleep as a Cure for Neurological Disease

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The miracles of sleep are too numerous for the scope of this article, but there is plenty of undisputed evidence to show that healthy sleep improves our mood, our heart, our ability to eat healthy, to exercise, and perform at our best during the day at work or school. It is even linked to lower cancer rates. But can it take away what appears to be Parkinson's disease and make a little girl walk?

Teenagers With Anxiety and Depression: There's Hope -- Big Hope

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

I recently began a series of classes on mindfulness and meditation to help those challenged with chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety. About two we...

Stop! Don't Buy That! Be Happy!

Nancy Deville | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

Conspicuous consumption is kind of a fun concept. We've all done it. Clothing. Cars. Jewelry. Homes. Does buying more things make you happier? Actuall...

Having Guts Could Solve All Our Economic Problems

James C. Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
James C. Gibson

When I played soccer in college I noticed there was one thing every one of my teammates had in common. They all had confidence. After the long years o...

A Breakthrough In Understanding Restless Legs Syndrome?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For a condition that has often confounded experts, and caused such discomfort, disruption, and sleeplessness to so many patients, this study brings both welcome and encouraging news.

Scans Yield Big Surprise About Beer's Effect On Brain

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/15/2013 01:31 PM EDT on LiveScience The taste of beer, without its alcoholic effects, may ...

Why Can't I Curb My Cravings?

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Although curbing cravings can be difficult, particularly if you are already in a pattern of indulging, it is possible to better understand your cravings and make even small changes that have a lasting impact on your willpower.

Winter Blues and How to Make New Year's Resolutions Stick

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Why do we seem so incapable of accomplishing a goal that we set for ourselves and truly desire? Part of the answer has to do with timing. Winter is not an ideal season to successfully execute big changes.

Old Tools for New Tasks: How Your Brain Decides When Change Is Good

Ben Thomas | Posted 03.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

When you learn something new -- a sequence of letters, for example -- an ancient structure known as the midbrain sends squirts of the chemical dopamine to your prefrontal cortex, effectively tagging the new information as "for your immediate attention."

New Sensitivity Gene Discovered

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

While it's profoundly difficult predicting the developmental trajectory of any single individual, new research suggests we can influence the odds that people will retreat within themselves or unleash the fundamentally human drive to explore and create.

Who's Afraid of the Vagina-Brain Connection?

James G. Pfaus | Posted 11.14.2012 | Books
James G. Pfaus

A curious dialogue has developed with the publication of Naomi Wolf's Vagina: A New Biography, one hellbent on poking holes in her central theme that the connection between the vagina and the brain influences a woman's mood and creativity.

What The Latest Scientific Findings About Kids Of Divorce Reveal

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

One of the most consistent research findings that explore the effects of divorce on children is that the results are inconsistent.

Slacker Or Go-Getter? Brain Chemical May Tell

Posted 05.02.2012 | Healthy Living

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/01/2012 05:06 PM EDT on LiveScience What gives you the motivation to go the extra mil...

Prescription Drug Addiction: A Medical Condition, Not a Moral Failure

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.30.2012 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Prescription drug addiction affects men and women, young and old, employed and unemployed, and those suffering from mental illness and those who don't. In short, no group is immune.

Is Infidelity Genetic?

Vicki Larson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

When it comes to matters of the heart, love has less to do with the heart and more to do with the brain.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: This Is Your Brain On ADHD

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 12.30.2011 | Education

2011-12-30-caracarafjgkfgjkfjgirjgijfigfjgifjgjirjgjrijgifjgfjgjfkjcara.jpgAre more kids showing symptoms of ADHD? Or have they always had the disorder, but now more and more kids are being appropriately diagnosed?

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Depression: My Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 12.16.2011 | Education

2011-12-16-arakdjkfjkdjfkd.jpgDepressed people don't choose to be sick. They want to be well. Believe me, I know, because I know I'm sick -- but I also know that I am more than my disease.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Let's Talk About Sex: The Science of Love

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

2011-11-25-elovelvoelveo.jpgNeuroscientists have shown that in some ways, love is similar to addiction.

Cara Santa Maria

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: This Is Your Brain On Love

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

2011-11-23-Screenshot20111123at8.30.05AM.pngHere's an interactive roadmap of the brain on love.

Dr. Nora Volkow: New Brain Research Helps Explain Drug Addiction

Rehema Trimiew | Posted 12.31.2011 | Healthy Living

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has studied the neural pathways of addiction and believes that we've got to protec...

The Path From Heart Disease To Heart Health

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

You might have heard the expression "You're as young as your arteries," and it's true. But keeping your arteries young can seem like a mysterious thing for many people. Now some clarity is at hand, and it's worth pausing to consider.

11 Ways To Manage Nicotine Withdrawal

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Each year, nearly 450,000 Americans die from smoking related illnesses. So why do smokers continue to light up when statistics like these make it clear that they should quit?

Why Orgasm, Vodka, Marijuana Feel So Good

npr.org | By David J. Linden | Posted 08.23.2011 | Books

What does it really mean for the brain to experience pleasure? That's the question neuroscientist David Linden asks in his new book "The Compass of Pl...