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Assimilated: The Clout of Cults on Identity

As he told it, Ron lived epic. As a youth, he befriended Calvin Coolidge Jr., the son of the president, became a full blood brother of the Pikuni tribe, and won a string of navy battles in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters respectively during World War II. After the war, he pursued his love of writing full time and established a new religion. [ … ]

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Looking on the Bright Side

Neuroscientist Tali Sharot has found through her research that when it comes to optimism, the way our mind approaches — and even tricks — us is a function of survival. In her book, “The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain” [ … ]

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The Importance of Novelty

Novelty, by definition, is anything that is new to us, and the experience of novelty can take many forms: meeting a new friend, learning a new skill, buying a new outfit, listening to new music, or traveling to a new environment. Most mammals, especially humans, naturally prefer novelty, so long as it does not come with some perceived threat. [ … ]

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Combating Bullying with Empathy Activities

Over the past several years, numerous studies have emerged recognizing the rise in bullying among school-aged kids, particularly those with learning and behavioral disorders. According to a study in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 46 percent of parents reported that their autistic kids were bullied in comparison [ … ]

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The Creative Science Behind The Emotional Brain: A Q&A with Dr. Richard J. Davidson

Do you recover quickly from setbacks, or are you prone to wallow in despair? Do your friends think you’re psychic because you always know how they’re feeling, or are you often accused of not “getting it”? Why are some people always “up,” while others are in a perpetual state of gloom and doom? Best-selling author and pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson [ … ]