Why We Love Fireworks: They Put the Brain at the Edge of Fear and FunThe results are in, and we want to share our top five most popular blog posts of 2013. We are pleased and surprised to report that the number one post was actually written well before 2013 but has some serious staying power! Here’s the countdown: Top 5 Posts of 2013

5. 3 Ways Facebook Is Like a Drug that Can Permanently Change your Brain Checking Facebook (or other social networks) may be permanently changing the brain, because it offers your brain chemical rewards not unlike those that occur from compulsive drug use. Read more…

4. Bring on the Bubbly: Champagne May Boost the Brain Scientists in Britain recently published a study that shows that compounds in champagne can help with spatial memory and navigation.

3. Why We Love Fireworks: They Put the Brain at the Edge of Fear and Fun Fireworks may offer the brain an ideal combination of pleasure and pain that excites us and leaves us wanting more, while comforting us with the knowledge that we are safe. In that way, they are similar to a roller coaster. Read more…

2: Why Do We Get “Ice Cream Headaches” and How Can We Avoid Them? If you have ever experienced “brain freeze” or an “ice cream headache” from chowing down on a sundae too quickly, you may have wondered what was going on in your brain – and how to avoid that painful twinge next time you hit the frozen treats. Read more… And the number one most popular post of 2013 is…

1. 12 Brain-Based Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works Music therapists are trained to help people socially, Whether you need help socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally, and developmentally. When used properly, music can be an incredibly powerful treatment tool. And not just because it’s fun, relaxing, and motivating, but because music has a profound impact on our brains and our bodies. Read more… What was your favorite neuroscience or brain-related article of 2013? We’d love to hear about it!