Science

The Quest to Live Forever 

Some scientists are working on making the last stages of life a little healthier, others are trying to extend life, and still others are hoping to make death obsolete. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • April 30, 2018
Mindfulness Research

Can Meditation Change Your Genes? 

DNA determines much of who we are, but it’s not fixed for life. Our behavior and environment can effect alterations to genes for good or ill. Can meditating affect us at a genetic level? Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • February 27, 2018
Relationships

Truly, Madly, Deeply in Love… with Myself 

Narcissism has fascinated and bedeviled researchers for decades. While people encountering them may consider it a disorder, narcissists themselves are quite content with their gargantuan self-regard. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • February 14, 2018
Well-Being

Are We Becoming Smart Fools? 

IQ points keep rising with each generation, but the tests are leaving out emotional intelligence, creativity, and wisdom—the very traits we need to solve our most pressing problems. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • December 4, 2017
Relationships

Belonging Is Believing 

What we humans believe has always been shaped by the group we identify with. In the age of filter bubbles, the habit of looking to our tribe for all the answers may be escalating. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • October 2, 2017
Mental Health

Smart Phone, Lazy Brain 

We still call them “phones,” but they are seldom used for talking. They have become like a substitute for memory—and other brain functions. Is that good for us in the long run? Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • July 19, 2017
Mental Health

When Avoidance Rules Your Life 

Though we often equate compulsions and addictions, researchers are now drawing a sharp distinction between these two behaviors—one is about avoiding and the other about seeking. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • March 22, 2017
Mental Health

Forget Me, Forget Me Not… 

We tend to think of memory as a one-shot deal. We experience something and we either store it in memory or let it go. New research suggests otherwise: Fresh data can draw out latent memories. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • January 18, 2017

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