Activating one gene in the brains of male mice helps reverse depression

Sorry ladies.

Setting attainable goals makes us happier, even if we fail

Sometimes less really is more.

Orangutans don’t use tools instinctively — they actually think about what they’re doing

Give an orangutan a banana and you’ll feed him for a day. Give him a stick and he’ll poke bananas for a lifetime.

Unexpected notes make music more enjoyable

Surprise is the spice of life.

Seven traits are seen as moral by the whole world, study finds

It’s good to be good.

Shame, not guilt, makes us consumed by our secrets

Your secrets are safe with you, but you’re not safe with them.

Nicotine works inside our neurons to reinforce addiction

So, you know. Don’t smoke.

Are ‘smart drugs’ all they claim to be?

A pill that makes you smarter? Not so fast…

People make value judgements based on gossip — even when its explicitly labeled as untrustworthy

‘Soft’ fake news is just as bad as blatant lies.

Do adult humans really generate new neurons?

Science is often not about settling a debate, but about asking the right questions.

Targeted cognitive training improves symptoms in patients with severe schizophrenia

“Our results suggest that chronically ill, highly disabled patients can benefit from TCT,” said the authors. “That contradicts current assumptions.”

If you think cats are antisocial, it’s probably you, new study concludes

It’s probably your fault — of course.

New research shows air pollution sours our mood and makes us unhappy

The study was performed on Chinese cities — but the air pollution problem is very much a global one.

Happiness exercises could help those recovering from substance abuse

I’m not recovering from anything and I still need these exercises in my life.

The worst of multiple sclerosis can be avoided or delayed with early treatment

The study is the first to provide evidence that currently-available treatments can delay the progress of MS.

Part-time workers with flexible schedules work more unpaid overtime — especially mothers

How do you ‘not bring work home with you’…. when working from home?

Want your kids to be calmer and have improved mental health? Connect them to nature, scientists say

Many parents have been suspecting this for a while — now we have the science to confirm it.

Zapping the brain with mild electrical current controls anger and aggression

The non-aggressive procedure went deep into the neural circuits of aggression.

Tetris therapy could help reduce flashbacks for PTSD patients

Pre-Tetris stress disorder?

Your brain pays more attention to objects it knows are small — no matter how large they seem

Want more attention? Science says, be smaller.