A new book outlines the psychological biases that get in the way of good decision-making—and what to do about them.
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Articles: How Awe Sharpens Our BrainsBy Michelle Lani Shiota | May 11, 2016
According to emerging research, we're better thinkers when we're feeling awe.
Articles: Don’t Let Your Mind Be Your Worst EnemyBy Jill Suttie | January 13, 2016
Two new books reveal the inner workings of human psychology--biases, rationalizations, and all.
Videos and Podcasts: The Social Benefits of GratitudeBy Phil Watkins | September 15, 2014
Dr. Philip Watkins of Eastern Washington University explains how gratitude improves relationships and cognitive processes.
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Does Music Make Us Smarter?
Research Digest Items/Studies: Are Toddlers Capable of Empathy?
Articles: A Little Meditation Goes a Long WayBy Jason Marsh | February 9, 2011
A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Even Brief Mindfulness Training Brings Benefits
Research Digest Items/Studies: Even Moderate Exercise Helps Your Brain
Research Digest Items/Studies: How to Quit Smoking
Articles: Why Kids Are Lucky to Go Back to SchoolBy Jason Marsh | September 7, 2010
A new study explains why more education leads to better health.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Meditation Improves Concentration
Research Digest Items/Studies: Two Kinds of Empathy
Research Digest Items/Studies: Racism Hurts Academic Performance
Jill Suttie offers three research-based tips for cognitive fitness.
Articles: Book Review: SparkBy Leif Hass | June 1, 2008
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
By John J. Ratey, with Eric Hagerman, Little, Brown and Company, 2008, 304 pages
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.
A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
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Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program