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The Neuroscience of Witches

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 10.29.2015 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Sex, bias, and mind-bending properties of natural products are at the core of witchcraft. The Tarot cards and highly intuitive witches who read them in New Orleans were fun, but all of this natural and supernatural human behavior--witch's brews, witchcraft, and witch hunts--is neuroscience.

Overcoming Garden Variety Moodiness

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Ever feel moody without it descending into a full blown mood disorder? Moody usually means that you're disappointed in someone, something or in yours...

Carolyn Gregoire

Why This Psychologist Thinks The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely 'Backwards' | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.03.2015 | Science

Anti-depressants are the most commonly-prescribed medication in the U.S., with one in 10 Americans currently taking pills like Zoloft and Lexapro to t...

The Secret To A Happy Marriage May Be In Your DNA

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.23.2015 | Weddings

The secret to a happy marriage seems to be a never-ending topic of discussion, but Robert Levenson, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley, is taking a...

Happiness: The Holiday Edition

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 02.16.2015 | Money
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

Most of today's society is focused on the maximization of output and respective consumption. We have replaced true happiness related to accomplishment and shared experiences with rather questionable metrics of 'consumptive joy.'

Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin

Thai Nguyen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Thai Nguyen

Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can intentionally cause them to flow.

Rethinking Serotonin's Role in Clinical Depression

Teagan Wall | Posted 11.09.2014 | Science
Teagan Wall

Since the 1950s, clinical depression has been thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically an imbalance of the neurotransmitter serotonin. But a paper published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience last month suggests that no, depression is not cause by serotonin dysfunction.

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...

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: Here's Why You're Not Who You Think You Are | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Science

Did you know that you're not just one living thing? No, you're actually an entire ecosystem of teeny tiny, creepy crawly, living microbes. They're all...

How Trusting Your Gut Can Increase Wellbeing

Lissa M. Cowan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Lissa M. Cowan

You've probably heard the expression gut feeling or gut reaction. Well, it turns out our bellies are more than simply places to digest the food we eat...

Inside Boehner's Brain: A Neuroscience Perspective

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dr. Douglas Fields

The search for a path to compromise can be found in the latest research on the neurobiological basis of social behavior.

Je Refuse

Francis Levy | Posted 11.18.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

There was Zola's famous defense of Dreyfus, J'accuse, but now a new screed threatens to be the epitaph of an era, Je Refuse. Passed around the way ban...

Renewable Energy at 4 p.m.

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Restoring serotonin activity does not require drugs, herbs or supplements. It requires only eating certain foods that, after they are digested, allow tryptophan to get into the brain.

Depression Is Still a Mystery -- We Need a New Model

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The magazine ScienceNews begins a recent article on depression with a blanket judgment: "A massive effort to uncover genes involved in depression has largely failed." A general reader would probably not feel the shock waves that spread from this assessment.

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.

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.

Healthy Foods You'll Be Eating In 2013

Leslie Goldman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Goldman

I asked Chicago dietician David Grotto: What are some healthy, mainstream must-eat foods that should be on everyone's shiny new grocery list for 2013? Here are his top picks.

'Tis Almost the Season, or the Backstory to the Binge

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Binges never happen in an emotional vacuum, even though we can pretend that they do. Often, someone claims that she was in perfect control of her eating until she ate that first doughnut or piece of chocolate. "It was the sugar that set off my binge," is usually the explanation.

The Perfect Antidote To Stress

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Through meditation, one trains to take care of their own personal peace while moving beyond an established belief system -- in order to embrace a wider perspective.

The New 'Magic' Surgery for Weight Loss

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Bariatric surgery, whether a stomach bypass operation or sewing together bits of a stomach lining, is not sufficient to prevent emotional overeating or the failure to accept a permanent commitment to health eating and exercise.

Overeating Flare-Ups: Are They the Cause of Chronic Obesity?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Ultimately, dieters who are plagued by chronic overeating flare-ups may be able to diminish their severity because they learn from past experience how to handle the situations that are causing them to stop following a calorie-conscious food plan.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Depression: My Story | 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 | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

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

Will Feeding Your Employees Make Them More Productive?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 01.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Companies are attempting to enhance productivity of their employees by offering perks and making the workplace a more pleasant environment. However, feeding workers might decrease productivity.

Carbohydrates For Weight Loss?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 07.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

One trivial but still agonizing stress of the season is going into a dressing room with a handful of bathing suits. Moans and gasps reverberate off the walls as customers take the first real look at their bodies since Christmas.