Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
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How can we foster a more positive attitude toward eating and toward our bodies? A new study suggests that mindfulness might play a role.
Articles: Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the TopBy Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013
Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.
Research suggests exercise is good for our mental health--perhaps even more so if we're highly social, according to a new study.
Exposure to chronic trauma is having tragic effects on some of our students. How can educators help?
Articles: Self-Compassion for FreshmenBy Bianca Lorenz | October 8, 2013
A recent study suggests that when new college students are kind to themselves, they're less likely to suffer from homesickness.
Articles: Should Your Doctor Care About You?By Jill Suttie | October 4, 2013
A new book explains the role emotions play in medical care.
Articles: What’s Love Got to Do with the Brain?By Jeremy Adam Smith | October 3, 2013
Poems and pop songs have a lot to say about love. But is it all nonsense? Helen Fisher looks at lyrics through a scientific lens.
Articles: How to Grow the Good in Your BrainBy Rick Hanson | September 24, 2013
Rick Hanson explains how we can protect ourselves from the stress of negative experiences.
Articles: A Healthier Kind of HappinessBy Jill Suttie | September 10, 2013
Happiness and good health seem to go together. But according to a new study, not all forms of happiness are created equal.
Attention is like a spotlight—whatever it shines on becomes brighter in the mind. This knowledge can help us build compassion, says Paul Gilbert.
Articles: What are the Secrets to a Happy Life?By George E. Vaillant | August 6, 2013
In following 268 men for their entire lives, the Harvard Grant Study has discovered why some of them turned out happier than others.
A new study shows how receiving gratitude improves people's attitudes toward their relationship.
Articles: How to Focus a Wandering MindBy Wendy Hasenkamp | July 17, 2013
New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.
Articles: Does Mind-Wandering Make You Unhappy?By Matt Killingsworth | July 16, 2013
When are we happiest? When we stay in the moment, says researcher Matt Killingsworth.
Articles: Are Women More Compassionate than Men?By Emma Seppala | June 26, 2013
The Dalai Lama recently argued that women have more biological potential for compassion than men. Does science support that claim?
Articles: Five Ways to Make Mindfulness More ManlyBy Kozo Hattori | June 25, 2013
Many more women than men enroll in mindfulness and compassion training courses. How can we change that?
Articles: Will Our Grown-Up Kids Ever Grow Up?By Diana Divecha | June 24, 2013
A new book explores how to parent today's young adults, who are struggling to become established and independent.
Articles: How Positive Emotions Improve Our HealthBy Lauren Klein | June 20, 2013
A new study sheds light on why good feelings benefit our bodies as well as our minds.
Articles: How the Mind Can Heal the HeartBy Jill Suttie | June 19, 2013
Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
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