On Shared False Memories: What Lies behind the Mandela Effect?

Huh? Shazaam? Courtesy Touchstone/Interscope/Polygram By Caitlin Aamodt / 02.15.2017 PhD Candidate in Neuroscience University of California, Los Angeles Would you trust a memory that felt as real as all your other memories, and if other people confirmed that they remembered it too? What if the memory turned out to be false? This scenario was named the ‘Mandela[…]

Five Limits Your Brain Puts on Generosity

Georgetown University Research suggests that our brains may be wired for altruism, but there’s a catch—well, five of them, actually. By Dr. Summer Allen / 08.28.2017 Research/Writing Fellow, Greater Good Science Center University of California Berkeley Humans can be remarkably generous. Americans gave a record $390 billion to charitable organizations in 2016 through a combination of individual[…]

How Many Different Human Emotions Are There?

A map of human emotions – click here for interactive version A new study identifies 27 categories of emotion and shows how they blend together in our everyday experience. By Yasmin Anwar / 09.08.2017 Media Relations Representative University of California Berkeley Psychology once assumed that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness,[…]

Children Who Question Everything Likely to be Secure and Successful Adults

By Jennifer Delgado Suárez / 02.24.2017 Psychologist There are children who question everything and are not satisfied with any answer. These little ones often challenge the rules because they like to go beyond the established, discuss adult responses and more than once put them in an embarrassing situation, causing them to perceive their inconsistencies or absurdities. This[…]

The Neuroscience of Compassion

By Azriel ReShel / 08.30.2017 Unlocking the Magic of Compassion A recent flood near where I live put many people’s homes and businesses under three metres of water. The natural disaster left the community devastated, and left me scratching my head at the judgement that came from some people towards the victims of the flood. Instead of[…]

Five Tips for Mastering the Art of Enough

By Elizabeth Millard / 09.01.2017 The Freedom of Letting Go of ‘Stuff’ Do you sometimes snack mindlessly on mediocre food? Buy clothes that don’t really fit? Binge-watch TV shows when you really need sleep? You’re not alone. Our culture has become almost fanatically centered on consumption of all types, and it’s affecting our health, happiness,[…]

Bullying and Suicide: Bringing an End to the Madness

Child suicide, such as the 2013 death of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, has often been blamed on bullying. AP Photo/Brian Blanco By Dr. Melissa Holt / 08.10.2017 Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology Boston University Bullying, as many people know, can be a tremendously painful experience for a young person. The point has been driven home over the[…]

What Can the Brain Reveal about Gratitude?

New research is exploring the brain regions linked to gratitude—and it helps explain gratitude’s many benefits. By Dr. Glenn Fox / 08.04.2017 Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience University of Southern California Imagine you are on the run from a Nazi manhunt and are taken under the protection of a stranger. This stranger spends the winter providing[…]

Final Decision? Why the Brain Keeps on Changing Its Mind

Pasta? Pizza? Clams? Kai Schreiber/Flickr By Dr. Stephen M. Fleming / 11.29.2016 Principal Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging University College London Benjamin Franklin once quipped: ‘There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know oneself.’ Every decision we make, from pinpointing the source of a faint sound to choosing[…]

Sleepwalking is the Result of a Survival Mechanism Gone Awry

John Everett Millais The Somnambulist / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Philip Jaekl / 03.03.2017 Neuroscientist Last night, most of us went to the safety and comfort of our beds before drifting off to a night’s sleep. For some, this was the last conscious action before an episode of sleepwalking. Recent research from Stanford University shows that up to[…]

Methodology, Meditation, and Mindfulness: Toward a Mindfulness Hermeneutic

Photo by José Feliciano Cerdeño, Flickr, Creative Commons By Balveer Singh Sikh, and Deb Spence / 04.25.2016 Abstract Understanding the nondualistic nature of mindfulness is a complex and challenging task particularly when most clinical psychology draws from Western methodologies and methods. In this article, we argue that the integration of philosophical hermeneutics with Eastern philosophy and practices may provide[…]

Learning to See Happiness in Endings

Photo by Daniele Civello, Creative Commons New research suggests that anticipating the end of a good experience is an effective—but counterintuitive—way to enjoy it more. By Kira M. Newman / 07.19.2017 A last bite, a last chapter, a last meeting, a last kiss—every day, good things in our lives come to an end. Endings are sad,[…]

Moderation May be the Most Challenging and Rewarding Virtue

A question of balance / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Aurelian Craiutu / 07.17.2017 Professor of Political Science and American Studies Indiana University Three centuries ago, the French political philosopher Montesquieu claimed that human beings accommodate themselves better to the middle than to the extremes. Only a few decades later, George Washington begged to differ. In[…]

Focusing on the Present

By Eckhart Tolle / 07.19.2017 Being Content, No Matter the Circumstance There are three ways in which consciousness can flow into what you do and thus through you into this world, three modalities in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe. Modality means the underlying energy­ frequency that flows[…]

Healing the Orphans of the Heart

By Dr. Matt Licata / 07.17.2017 The Invitation of the Broken At times, a broken heart will appear as your teacher and you will be asked to place your raw, shaky vulnerability on the altar before you. The invitation of the broken is rarely sweet or peaceful, but is always reorganizing and whole. “The freedom[…]

Before You Can be with Others, First Learn to be Alone

Clamdigger 1935 by Edward Hopper. / Courtesy Sharon Mollerus/Flickr By Jennifer Stitt / 07.11.2017 Graduate Student in History University of Wisconsin-Madison In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in[…]