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We Really Don’t Like Being Alone With Our Thoughts

New research finds having no distractions makes most of us uncomfortable.

 

How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health

New research suggests that meditation or any other mood-enhancing activity can serve as a nutrient for the human body.

 

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Just Breathe

Can mindfulness help heal our wounded soldiers?

 

Meditation: Strong Preventative Medicine for Heart Patients

New research finds major health benefits of meditation for African Americans with heart disease.

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Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation’s Benefits

Plenty of followers swear by meditation to cure a long list of ails. But how does it work? Neuroscientist Clifford Saron, of the University of California, Davis, and a Who’s Who of peers, are spending millions to find out.

 

Study: Buddhist Meditation Promotes Rational Thinking

Studies looking at the brains of people playing a fairness game found very different responses between Buddhist meditators and other participants.

 

Transcendental Meditation Mitigates Depression

New research indicates Transcendental Meditation may help reduce symptoms of depression, which could also lower the risk of heart disease.

 

Stress Decreases Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine

Two new studies of psychological stress provide another reason we all need to unwind, and suggest an effective way of doing so.

 

Brain Injuries Linked to Spirituality

Brain-injury research from the University of Missouri provides evidence that feelings of spiritual transcendence are the product of specific brain activity.

 

Think on This: Meditation May Protect Your Brain

Research is confirming the medicinal effects that advocates have long claimed for meditation.

 

Assessing Spirituality Behind Bars

A documentary about a meditation program among convicted murderers sparks discussion about the benefits religion and spirituality offer inmates and officials.

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Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

On the Hunt for Fake Facebook Likes

A new study finds ways to uncover Facebook Like farms.

The Big One

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