Megan Knowlton

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Why your body jerks before you fall asleep

If you have ever wondered why people’s arms and legs twitch suddenly as they are drifting off to sleep, our resident psychologist Tom Stafford has the answer.<p>As we give up our bodies to sleep, sudden twitches escape our brains, causing our arms and legs to jerk. Some people are startled by them, …

Sleep

Early Stress Makes Brains Grow Up Too Fast, and That's Not a Good Thing

Kids and teens are especially vulnerable.<p>Since 1998, scientists in the Netherlands have been watching 129 people grow up. Over those 20 years, they …

The Brain

What Your Ability to Handle Horror Movies Says About You

I have several friends who are horror-movie buffs; I also have an insatiable need to never be left out of anything. This combination means I’ve had …

Psychology

Here's Why Most of Us Stop Discovering New Music After 30, According to Science

Just embrace it.<p>It's a simple fact of life that older people reminisce about the glory days. You might believe you'll stay young and free-spirited …

New Music

Why Was the Battle of the Somme So Deadly?

The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of World War I, and among the bloodiest in all of human history. A combination of a compact …

History

Autism could be diagnosed in 3-month-old babies with a simple EEG

A team of researchers at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston University have made s major breakthrough in the early diagnosis of autism spectrum …

This Photographer Combines Toys and Practical Effects

Mitchel Wu is a professional toy photographer. He combines toys, photography skills, practical effects, and imagination to create “alternative …

This is what love does to your brain

“It’s really an addiction.”<p>What happens to your brain on love? Is there such a thing as “casual sex”? What do we get wrong about male and female sexuality?<p>These are a few of the questions I put to Helen Fisher in a recent interview.<p>Fisher is a biological anthropologist, the chief scientific adviser …

The Army Wants to Use a Theoretical Particle To Make an Unhackable Quantum Computer

A telltale signature of the theoretical particle was discovered last year. Now the Army wants to use it to build a quantum computer.<p>Last July, a group of researchers from UC Irvine, UCLA, and Stanford announced they’d found the first strong evidence of the Majorana fermion, an elusive particle …

Where Have all the Warriors Gone? Home.

More than 1.7 million of the 2.6 million soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have transitioned back to civilian life with another one million …

Study links excessive smartphone use to inability to endure emotional distress

New research published in <i>Computers in Human Behavior</i> suggests that those with poor emotion regulation skills are at higher risk of problematic …

Cannabis Targets Receptors in the Amygdala Linked to Anxiety

An international group of researchers led by Vanderbilt University has discovered for the first time that there are cannabinoid receptors in the …

This Is the Hands-Down Best Workout to Shed Those Extra Pounds

We don't have to look far for incentive to go to the gym. In addition to the mental health benefits of working out, it's rewarding to feel "in shape," even if weight loss isn't our goal. Of course, many people seek workouts that burn the most fat — and burning belly fat is a common objective. If …

Exercise

Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys

We often hear that boys need to be toughened up so as not to be sissies. Parent toughness toward babies is celebrated as “not spoiling the baby.” …

The Family Dynamics of Patients With Borderline Personality

In my last post, I discussed how children act out certain roles in their family of origin in order to try to emotionally stabilize parents who are …

Breakthrough study reveals how LSD dissolves a person's sense of self

A fascinating study led by scientists at the University of Zurich has uncovered key insights into the mechanisms behind how our brain generates our …

Landmark Study Confirms Link Between Diet and Recovery from Major Depression

A 2017 study at Deakin University in Australia suggests a direct link between a healthy diet and recovery from major depression.<p>A <i>CBS New York</i> video …

Depression

HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses

Five years ago, when actor Michael Douglas candidly revealed that his throat cancer was linked to having oral sex, two things happened.<p>He made headlines that mortified his family. And he helped publicize the fact that a pervasive, sexually transmitted virus called HPV was unleashing an epidemic of …

Public Health

Here’s why you don’t like new music any more

Every week, Spotify and Apple Music are flooded with a slew of new, zeitgeist-defining albums that are yours for the streaming. Why, then, after a …

What We Learned from the Athlete-Packed, Plant-Based Diet Documentary, The Game Changers

It's a new era for veganism. From Kyrie Irving to former NFL lineman David Carter, more and more athletes are beginning to rely on a plant-based diet …

Plant-Based Diet

Neuroscience: This Simple 10-Minute Exercise Will Give Your Brain an Immediate and Lasting Boost | Inc.com

There are times when we need to have all our brain cells working at their very best to help us make the right decision, or solve a difficult problem, or do well on a test or examination. But, as we all know, our minds sometimes seem to have a life of their own -- underperforming when we most need …

The Brain

20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

It's been an incredible year for science.<p><b>1.</b> The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, …

Having older brothers increases men's likelihood of being gay

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a guy with an older brother, there's an increased chance you're gay.<p>Scientists have noticed this pattern in previous research, but now they think they have a biological explanation as to why, and it starts long before birth. The results were published in the journal PNAS on Monday.<p>…

Immune System

Everything You Need to Treat Cold Sores, According to a Cold-Sore Sufferer

<i>While we might all be curious about the</i> <i>best plunger</i> <i>or</i> <i>probiotic tampon</i> <i>or</i> <i>cold-sore remedy</i><i>, it can be difficult to discuss these more</i> personal <i>items.</i> …

Need More Emotional Intelligence? Do This For 15 Minutes Now | Inc.com

Put the phone down, not only to improve your productivity, but to actually boost your emotional intelligence. Science now back what others have argued: Too much device time actually lowers your sensitivity and overstimulates your emotions.<p>The best part? You can begin to achieve a more balanced …

Emotional Intelligence

Island Hopping: 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to the Greek Islands

With 6,000 <i></i>islands and islets scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, island hopping is a popular way to experience Greece.<p>And as the main …

European Travel

8 Ways to Know When Someone Might Be Lying to You

A decade-long psychological study revealed that 60% of people lie during a typical 10-minute conversation. Here’s how to know when they’re doing …

Psychology

New insights into marijuana's effect on the developing brain

As the medicinal potential of marijuana continues to be explored across the United States, researchers strive to gain an improved understanding of …

Neuroscience

Long-Term Marijuana Use Changes Brain at the Cellular Level, Say Scientists

Chronic use leads to chronic problems.<p>In March, long-term marijuana smoker Woody Harrelson surprised fans by announcing he was giving up his chronic …