Researchers may have just identified a genetic basis for the placebo…

The power of suggestion can be an incredible thing, and in few way is this more apparent than with the placebo effect. Now, newly published research suggests how susceptible you are to sham treatments and dummy medicine (a sugar pill, for instance) could actually be rooted in your genetics. » 10/26/12 1:40pm 10/26/12 1:40pm

10 ways to trick your brain into feeling like you're in love

There's nothing like the feeling of being in love - your heart pounds, you feel floaty, and everything seems just awesome. Unfortunately, if you're relying on another person to give you that loving feeling, you're bound to be disappointed. At some point they'll let you down, break your heart, or just go away for the… » 2/14/11 10:00am 2/14/11 10:00am

Deprive Yourself of Sleep and Your Neurons Will Get You High

People who are sleep-deprived often report getting a "second wind" where they suddenly wake up and feel great — though they are still too fatigued to do any major problem-solving. A group of researchers have discovered there's a good reason for this. Sleep deprivation floods your brain with dopamine » 8/20/08 7:00am 8/20/08 7:00am, the very same…

A New Street Drug That Boosts Your Brain's Ability to Get High

It turns out the gateway drug for amphetamine addiction is a substance provided by your own brain. The culprit protein is called DAT, so named because it is a dopamine transporter — and dopamine is the feel-good, get-motivated neurotransmitter that keeps you happy, hungry, and full of energy. Just as some people are… » 3/24/08 5:00pm 3/24/08 5:00pm