A new study combines training, brain scans, and reports from kids to understand the impact of mindfulness on parenting tweens.
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Articles: The Trouble with Mindfulness AppsBy Stephany Tlalka | August 24, 2016
When your favorite mindfulness app says it’s based in science, check twice. Few actually are.
New research reveals surprising ties between our immune systems and our social behavior.
Articles: How to Stop the Racist in YouBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | July 27, 2016
The new science of bias suggests that we all carry prejudices within ourselves—and we all have the tools to keep them in check.
Research into "childhood amnesia" sheds light on how memories are formed and maintained.
A conversation with Paul Tough about his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.
Articles: Do We Need More Empathic Judges?By Jill Suttie | June 22, 2016
A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.
Articles: 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.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?
Articles: Where to Find Wisdom in the BodyBy Jill Suttie | May 19, 2016
According to a new study, people with higher heart rate variability are wiser—when they make an effort to be objective.
Articles: Ten Changes New Parents FaceBy Diana Divecha | May 4, 2016
Diana Divecha describes how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby.
Articles: When Taking Risks is Good for TeensBy Jill Suttie | April 26, 2016
Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.
Articles: Are Boundaries Overrated?By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016
A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.
Regain your time, attention, and energy from the email machine.
New research suggests that mindfulness helps college students bounce back from poor performance and self-criticism.
Articles: The Four Keys to Well-BeingBy Richard J. Davidson | March 21, 2016
Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.
New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
Articles: How Do Our Minds Affect Our Health?By Jill Suttie | March 11, 2016
A new book reveals the complex ways that our brains and bodies interact.
Articles: Bromances Can Protect Males Under StressBy Robert Sanders | March 10, 2016
According to a new study, male rats like to cuddle after they get stressed out.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.
When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations?
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