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

Including both students & teachers 

Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves the development of the fundamental skills required to understand and manage oneself, and one’s relationships. Supported by research and theory in a variety of fields including education, positive and developmental psychology, cognitive behavioral theory, systems theory, and neuroscience, the SEL framework can be viewed… Read More 

  • Tish Jennings
  • October 4, 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

Waking Up to Mindfulness 

Ten years ago last March, I decided to seek help for my mind. It was near the beginning of a third (and most crippling) episode of anxiety and depression, and I realized that whatever the outer circumstances behind my despair, resolution had to come from within. Swamped by… Read More 

  • Ed Halliwell
  • June 13, 2011

MBSR Re-Shapes the Brain 

A recent study published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) reported that practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy can actually lead to structural changes in the amygdala. Read More 

  • Mindful Staff
  • January 20, 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

Brain Research Gets Boost 

The Dalai Lama is donating money to support scientific research into “healthy qualities of mind like kindness and compassion.”  Read More 

  • Line Goguen-Hughes
  • November 18, 2010

The Science of Mindfulness 

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel on what makes mindfulness beneficial to our health, psyche, and overall quality of life. Read More 

  • Daniel Siegel
  • September 7, 2010

special edition

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