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A Look Inside Your Pregnant Brain

What’s become clear is that, like romantic love, pregnancy is something that changes the risk and the reward processing circuit of the brain. 

Oxytocin: The Cuddle Chemical

Couples that stay together tend to have very highly correlated levels of oxytocin. 

This is What Love Smells Like

Everyone has a unique odor print that is built on your immune system genes and that is one of the things that attracts you to a partner. 

The Surprising Neurobiology of the Parental Brain

As much as I would like to argue that fathers' biological commitment to pregnancy is very little, they do go through some changes.  

What Neuroscience Can't Tell Us About Love

Is neural signature going to tell you how much in love you are?  Probably not. 

Digital "Brain Health" Market Predicted to Boom

Have you gotten a measure of your attention skills on a site like Lumosity?  Has a physician recommended that your elderly parent give software like BrainHQ a try? Then you are already part of the booming Digital Brain Health market . . .

The Matter of Einstein's Brain

Unique architecture may play a role in Einstein's creativity and ability to solve complex problems in physics. 

Which genes are responsible for intelligence?

Over the past decade, there have been several studies suggesting potential gene variants that may be linked to IQ. 

Rethinking Monogamy

I’m so surprised that so many people are convinced that monogamy—heterosexual, human monogamy, in particular—is some type of biological default.

“Breast” Behavior: A Q&A with Katie Hinde

Katie Hinde is the Director of the Comparative Lactation Laboratory at Harvard University. Her research examines mother's milk and how it contributes to infant development in humans and primates--including behavior, cognition and the brain.  Here, she discusses the effects of breast milk on behavior, what she thinks human mothers should know and the recent (and controversial) Time magazine breastfeeding cover

Is Love Different Across Sex and Orientation?

Is what I experience when I feel love qualitatively different from what a man experiences? Or what a lesbian may experience? If I consider Semir Zeki’s hypothesis that literature and art across the ages show a common substrate for love in the mind, I might suggest that descriptions of sex by male and female authors and artists are sometimes different.

Can We Train Away Schizophrenic Symptoms?

The right brain training regimen that harnessed the brain’s natural plasticity and helped to strengthen these specific cognitive systems might help.

Massive Redeployment and the Brain

Maybe the brain evolved a lot like the way big pieces of software get developed.

 

It’s All Numbers Up Here: Love and Decision Making

My research for Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence, Love, Sex, and Relationships wasn’t all orgasms in brain scanners.  As I sifted through the scientific literature on love and sex, what I thought was a discussion about romance kept circling back around to decision-making.

This Is Your Brain During Orgasm

If you ever want to make even the most cosmopolitan of your friends speechless, telling them you have volunteered to travel to Newark, New Jersey, so you can masturbate to orgasm in an fMRI is a great way to start.  Once they overcome the shock, chances are they will start to ask questions. Most I was able to answer.

This Is Your Brain During Orgasm

If you ever want to make even the most cosmopolitan of your friends speechless, telling them you have volunteered to travel to Newark, New Jersey, so you can masturbate to orgasm in an fMRI is a great way to start.  Once they overcome the shock, chances are they will start to ask questions. Most I was able to answer.

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