Meditators make more rational, less emotional business decisions 

Imagine that you and a stranger are participating in a psychology study. The experimenter gives the stranger $20. “Divide this money between you and your partner,” the experimenter tells the stranger. “You can keep any amount for yourself, and give any amount to your partner. But your partner gets to… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • November 15, 2011

Being good licenses us to be bad 

Do you have a moral set-point? New research sheds light on why we’re instinctively drawn to both redemption and temptation. Have you ever experienced do-gooder exhaustion? When you’ve done the right things for so long, you just need to indulge your inner sinner? Or when you’ve given so much… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • October 6, 2011

Violent Video Games Inhibit the Compassion Instinct 

A study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology provides more evidence that violent video games desensitize players to violence, and makes them more violent in real life. This is not the first study to report such an effect; the evidence has been steadily accumulating over the last decade. But this study… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • August 3, 2011

The Power of Self-Compassion 

As I write this, the number one most emailed article on the New York Times is a blog post by Tara Parker-Pope  on the importance of self-compassion for making a change such as losing weight or quitting smoking. Clearly the post strikes a chord among the typical… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • July 12, 2011

The Once and Future Me 

The receptionist gave my fiancé a funny look. “Are you sure she took the pills?” Apparently, most sedated patients don’t jump up and dance when Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” comes on the office radio. My fiancé assured her that, yes, I had taken the sedative my dentist had promised would help… Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • June 13, 2011

Your Brain on Meditation 

Science has proven that meditating actually restructures your brain Kelly McGonigal tells us about the latest research—and how to put it into practice. Read More 

  • Kelly McGonigal
  • December 6, 2010

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