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People Who Feel Excluded Are Susceptible to Conspiracy Theories

By Tom Jacobs | October 27, 2016

New research provides a possible clue as to why so many Donald Trump supporters believe outlandish things.


Past Stories

When Women Are More Likely to Lie

By Pamela Tom | October 24, 2016

A new study reveals how gender and social pressure drive unethical decisions.


People Who Trust Technology Are Happier

By Deborah Yip | October 20, 2016

Whether you're religious or not, putting your faith in science and technology could be good for you, a new study suggests.


Changing Diapers as Foreplay

By Erica Reischer | October 18, 2016

Research on couples shows a surprising way to improve intimacy after having kids.


How to Choose a Type of Mindfulness Meditation

By Kira M. Newman | October 11, 2016

A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.


How to Find Prejudice Hidden in Our Words

By Jenn Director Knudsen | October 5, 2016

The language we choose reflects our implicit biases—but according to a new study, mindfulness can help.


Why Do Some People Love Sad Music?

By Tuomas Eerola | September 29, 2016

According to a new study, empathy plays a role in how we respond to depressing tunes.


Can Mindfulness Help Parents and Preteens Have Better Relationships?

By Summer Allen | September 27, 2016

A new study combines training, brain scans, and reports from kids to understand the impact of mindfulness on parenting tweens.


When Should You Forgive Your Partner?

By Amie M. Gordon | September 26, 2016

According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.


How Background Music Influences Our Behavior at Work

By Jill Suttie | September 22, 2016

A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.


For Managers, Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough

By Kira M. Newman | September 20, 2016

According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.


Could Gay-Straight Alliances Reduce Bullying?

By Robert Marx, Heather Hensman Kettrey | September 16, 2016

Thousands of these organizations exist. Could they make a difference?


Altruists Have More Sex

By Tom Jacobs | September 12, 2016

According to a new study, people who give more get more (if you know what we mean).


White Racism May Hurt the Health of Both Whites and Blacks

By Yasmin Anwar | September 8, 2016

According to a new study, there are more heart-disease-related deaths in overtly racist communities.


Can Mindfulness Stop Internet Addiction in Teens?

By Kira M. Newman | August 29, 2016

Could cultivating attention and awareness help teens to stop checking their phones?


The Power of Forgiveness at Work

By Brooke Deterline | August 26, 2016

Ever carry a grudge or harbor revenge fantasies about a colleague or boss? It’s likely costing you and your workplace.


Can a Change in Mindset Help Teens De-stress?

By Sarah Wheeler | August 23, 2016

According to a recent study, training teens in a "growth mindset" can reduce their stress and improve their grades.


How Grudges Hurt Your Health

By Joanna McParland | August 19, 2016

According to a new study, people are more sensitive to pain when they feel a sense of injustice.

Students meditating at an iBme mindfulness retreat

How Self-Compassion Can Help Teens De-stress

By Jessica Morey | August 15, 2016

Teen stress is on the rise. According to a new study, learning mindfulness and self-compassion can help teens cope.


Do You Have a Negative Attitude about Aging?

By Kate Wheeling | August 10, 2016

According to a new study, our feelings about aging can influence our emotional reactions to everyday stress.


Can Your Immune System Affect Your Ability to Make Friends?

By Jill Suttie | August 8, 2016

New research reveals surprising ties between our immune systems and our social behavior.


Mindfulness Reduces Stress and Anger in Police

By Jenn Director Knudsen | August 1, 2016

According to a new study, a mindfulness training program could help law enforcement officers cope with a harrowing job.


How Does It Feel to Not Give to Charity?

By Adam Hoffman | July 25, 2016

A new study looks at the emotional consequences of choosing to donate money to charity—or not.


Why You’re Not Meeting Your Exercise Goals

By Kira M. Newman | July 19, 2016

According to a new study, mindfulness may be the key to motivation.


Why Your Office Needs More Nature

By Jill Suttie | July 18, 2016

According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.


What Motivates You to Be Generous?

By Sharon Begley | July 14, 2016

Recent research helps illuminate what's going on in our heads when we choose to give or to hold back.


A Simple Way to Foster Kindness in Kids

By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 11, 2016

According to a new study, we can encourage kids to be generous by reminding them of their past kindnesses.


How You Argue Could Make You Sick

By Yasmin Anwar | June 27, 2016

According to a recent study, different behaviors during romantic conflict are linked to heart problems and back pain.


How to Grow from Your Regrets

By Kira M. Newman | June 20, 2016

According to a new study, self-compassion may help us benefit from regret rather than wallowing in it.


Can Mindfulness Help Treat PTSD?

By Adam Hoffman | June 13, 2016

According to a new study, adding mindfulness to traditional therapy could be beneficial for soldiers with PTSD.


Mindful Parenting May Keep Kids Out of Trouble

By Jill Suttie | June 7, 2016

According to new research, children who experience mindful parenting are less likely to use drugs or get depression or anxiety.


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