Diet & Lifestyle

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The pitch is appealing: sharpen your mind with a few minutes of brain games each day. Unfortunately, science suggests this promise is probably too good to be true.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
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True or False: Fructose, a sugar used in many processed foods, may fail to fill us up and can even make us hungrier.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
How does your brain absorb the nutrients from your food?
  • University of Washington
Break out your leg warmers and headbands — aerobic exercise can improve learning and memory and may boost academic achievement.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Two-thirds of the population believes a myth that has been propagated for over a century: that we use only 10 percent of our brains. Hardly!
  • TED
  • 5 min
You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant when a waiter walks by with a hot plate of your favorite food, and your mouth starts to water. But why?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 3 min
A roundtable of scientists discuss ongoing research on the effects and potential applications of marijuana for adolescents in the United States.
  • Science Friday
  • 29 min
New research reported in the journal Psychological Medicine, concludes that continued use of cannabis causes violent behavior as a direct result of changes in brain function that are caused by smoking marijuana over many years.
The neuroscientist and professor discusses finding calm in the world of stress research.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 32 min
The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. But what happens when you overeat?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 3 min
The California Fish and Game Commission has banned crab fishing until further notice after detecting high levels of a neurotoxin in Dungeness and rock crabs. The toxin, domoic acid, is produced by certain types of planktonic algae, and it becomes concentrated in tissue of crabs and other marine organisms during plankton blooms.
Nootropics include a large host of substances that affect and enhance the way the brain works.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
The professor discusses the neuroscience of social behaviors and science outreach in this podcast from People Behind the Science.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 37 min

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.