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
Mental Health

The Now Addiction 

Proponents of mindfulness meditation repeatedly celebrate living in the now, but being able to forestall gratification to a future time can also be a key element of mindfulness. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • November 8, 2016
Relationships

Beware Your Biased Brain 

Our brain can move very fast, and that can be a real problem. The tendency to make split-second assessments of people can lead to disastrous outcomes. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • September 7, 2016
Mindfulness Research

Stingy Brain, Generous Brain 

What makes the difference between giving and holding back? It turns out generosity is a skill we can develop, and hard times play a big role. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • July 7, 2016
Relationships

The Beautiful and the Good 

What are our brains doing when we assume that someone who’s beautiful on the outside must be beautiful on the inside? Sharon Begley investigates. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • June 24, 2016
Mental Health

Why So Curious? 

Curiosity killed the cat. Or did it? Research suggests it keeps us—and other animals—sharp. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • April 28, 2016
Mental Health

Feeling Moody? Here’s Why. 

Moods are fleeting, volatile. They come and go at the drop of a hat. But beneath the surface, research suggests, they serve a deeper purpose. Read More 

  • Sharon Begley
  • March 1, 2016

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