Sharon Begley

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

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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

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