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One of my secrets for getting my daily physical exercise

You probably know that I strongly recommend that you spend 10-30 (or more) minutes every day at the brain gym (  For me, that’s 30 minutes spent on my laptop working on my BrainHQ Personal Trainer regimen when I first...Show More Summary

Who Needs Another Self-Help Series?

In 2012 an estimated 43.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. suffered from a mental illness (NIMH). That’s 18.6% of all American adults – an astonishing figure. Mental health issues are increasingly affecting both people’s professional and personal lives, but the 24/7 society we live in – in which we’re expected to […]

P-Values and Exploratory Research

Lately I've been talking a lot about the question of whether scientists should preregister their research protocols. One question that often arises in these discussion is: "what about exploratory research?" The argument goes like this: sure, preregistration is good for confirmatory research - research designed to test a particular hypothesis. Show More Summary

The Psychology of Dating

In this age of rationality and endless data, intuition is often looked upon as an inferior means of problem-solving. Yet in many situations, even in the hard sciences, it is the most useful means of all. “I believe in intuitions and inspirations… I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I […]

Peer-Review Scandal

Biomed Central, a UK company that publishes 277 peer-reviewed journals, announced that it is retracting 43 articles because of “fabricated” peer-review. Peer-review is a process that may scientific journals use to vet submitted articles. Typically an editor will review the article but also send it out to two or three experts in the subject matter [...]

The Dream Of Your Dreams

Lucid dreaming is one of those things few people think in depth about, even if they’ve had one or two. Still it’s a skill which some people become absolutely fascinated with honing, and having had a fair few of them myself I’m beginning to see why. Lucidity, as some argue, can be an endless opportunity […]

Running From Aging – Fitness And Brain Health

Evolution did not prepare us to become couch potatoes – our ancestors actually had to move around to find food, they couldn’t just order it over the phone. Running to hunt and gather food and fasting due to food scarcity are considered some of the biggest evolutionary energetic challenges our bodies and brains have faced. […]

Follow #CNS2015

Whether or not you're in sunny San Francisco for the start of Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting today, you can follow Nick Wan's list of conference attendees on Twitter: @nickwan/#CNS2015. There's also the #CNS2015 hashtag, and the official @CogNeuroNews account. Show More Summary

The World at 7 PM: A Survey of Everyday Life

In the Journal of Personality, a new study reports on the uniformity of human experience around the globe: The World at 7: Comparing the Experience of Situations Across 20 Countries The research was an online survey of a total of 5447 people. Show More Summary

Live, Fast, Die Old – Intermittent Energy Restriction Diets

Intermittent energy restriction (IER), or intermittent fasting, is a form of calorie restriction diet. The principle is simple: periods of non-fasting are intercalated with periods of fasting. IER is not about starvation followed byShow More Summary

Dark Matter Collisions

The existence of dark matter is one of the coolest science stories of my lifetime. When I was growing up I was in love with pretty much every field of science, but particularly with astronomy, and at that time we had no idea that 85% of the matter in the universe even existed. We now [...]

Genes, Stress, and Behavior – Is Your Child an Orchid or a Dandelion?

Picture a group of children coming to the school for the first time in their life. In this group you will always notice that some children tend to spend the day moping and sulking in a corner of the classroom while other children clearly enjoy the new experience. Why this behavioral difference is so great? […]

Neuroskeptic On Bloggingheads

Over at, I've been interviewed by John Horgan, science journalist and author of books such as The Undiscovered Mind. We talked about whether neuroscience will be able to help diagnose mental illness; why we need to reform...Show More Summary

Fox News, the NFL, and Concussion Denial

I have been a fan of professional football since my college days (go Pats) but I also recognize that it is a brutal sport prone to injuries. In recent years awareness of the true neurological risk of concussions, especially repeated concussions, has been increasingly coming to light. This may cause some cognitive dissonance among fans, [...]

Human Head Transplants – Fantasy to Fact?

When English author Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein in 1818, little did she know that her vision might come true, albeit in a slightly different way and as a boon to mankind. Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein created the Monster by sewing together body parts from human corpses. In a way, Frankenstein created Life. Doctors and surgeons today […]

How is the brain relevant in mental disorder?

The Psychologist has a fascinating article on how neuroscience fits in to our understanding of mental illness and what practical benefit brain science has – in lieu of the fact that it currently doesn’t really help us a great deal in the clinic. It is full of useful ways of thinking about how neuroscience fits […]

I’m Just Not That Into Me

Ask most women and they will gladly tell you that men are more egotistical, power-hungry, and arrogant than women. Now, science backs up these claims. A team of researchers analyzed three decades of research involving nearly 500,000 people and concluded that men are, in fact, more narcissistic than women. But, are men born narcissistic or […]

Are Crime and Incarceration Predictable and Preventable?

As an alumnus, I recently read an article published in the Johns Hopkins Magazine written about a part-time faculty member in their distinguished Bloomberg School or Public health, Gerald Eber.  Eber is also an ACLU lawyer whose primary...Show More Summary

Ultrasound for Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study published in Science Translational Medicine concerning a possible new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is getting quite a bit of play on social media. While it is an interesting study, and excitement over any scientific study is great to see, I also think it’s important to always put such studies into a reasonable [...]

Sexnology – Sex Technology That Gets You Off

While the more serious in tone are opting for “sextech”, personally I find the term “sexnology” irresistible. While not strictly erotic, it certainly rolls of the tongue in an odd, fun, arguably even kinky manner. Certainly as technology continues to race ahead, the degree to which it relates to our daily lives, physical selves and […]

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