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Is Mindfulness Really the Best Way to Reduce Worry?

By Kira M. Newman | March 28, 2017

A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot.


Past Stories

The robot Kismet expresses (clockwise from bottom left) fear, anger, and surprise.

Can Robots Feel Your Pain?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 1, 2007

Not yet, but empathic androids are the next wave in robotics.


Body Language

By Dacher Keltner | June 1, 2007

Dacher Keltner reveals the science behind everyday gestures


Social Exclusion Decreases Prosocial Behavior

By Shannon McIntyre | March 13, 2007

Hurricane Katrina and the Protestant Work Ethic

By Nalini Padmanabhan | March 11, 2007

Early Parenthood and Politics Don’t Mix

By Naazneen Barma | February 26, 2007

Explaining Environmental Concern

By Nalini Padmanabhan | February 22, 2007

Maslow’s Theory Revisited

By Shannon McIntyre | February 16, 2007

The Influence of Dreams

By Julia Barzik | February 12, 2007

Marriage, No Marriage and Happy Marriage

By Erendira Rueda | January 30, 2007

The Biology of Empathy

By Mario Aceves | September 1, 2006

Join the Club

By Naazneen Barma | September 1, 2006

A Focusing Illusion

By Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk | September 1, 2006

Everyday Achievements

By Matthew Wheeland | September 1, 2006

What’s the key to academic success for kids struggling in school, especially those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds?


Sacrificial Rights (and Wrongs)

By Neera Mehta | March 1, 2006

Notes on Peace Camp

By Michelle Flythe | March 1, 2006
An example of pairs of photographs used by researchers in their study of racial preference

Staring Prejudice in the Face

By Rebecca Rialon | March 1, 2006

No Quick Fix for Happiness

By Laura Saslow | March 1, 2006

Little Helpers

By Jenn Director Knudsen | March 1, 2006

Think toddlers are simply self-centered whirling dervishes, capable only of making a mess, waiting to be cared for and picked up after? Think again.


A Test of Trust

By Michelle Flythe | September 1, 2005

Survival of the Social

By Michelle Flythe | September 1, 2005

The Biology of Happiness

By Michelle Flythe | March 1, 2005

Social Security Benefits

By Linda George | March 1, 2005

Count Your Blessings

By Christine Carter | March 1, 2005

Wealth and Health

By Christine Carter | September 1, 2004

How to Befriend People You Don’t Like

By Allison Briscoe-Smith | September 1, 2004

The Right Touch

By Jamie Rowen | September 1, 2004

Altruism vs. Terrorism

By Matthew Wheeland | March 1, 2004

Love on the Brain

By Jason Marsh | March 1, 2004

Who Cares?

By Elizabeth Cushing Payne | March 1, 2004

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