The Power of Hope

Every few years I write about the placebo effect in this space because it’s such a crucial—and potentially confusing—player in health and wellness. The word placebo pops...

The Surprising Benefits of Stress

Daniela Kaufer, PhD, is an associate professor at UC Berkeley who studies the biology of stress, examining at the molecular level how the brain responds to anxiety...

5 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

Every fall and winter when the holidays roll around, most of us indulge in far more food and drink than we normally do, while operating on too...

What Computers Can Teach Us About Making Decisions

Tom Griffiths, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the Computational Cognitive Science Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. In his new book, Algorithms to...

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Research keeps accumulating about the health benefits of tai chi, which is high on our list of recommended exercises. Practiced around the world and very popular in the...

Bringing Mindfulness to Work

Jason Marsh is director of programs for the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley. In this age of constant distractions and long hours, it’s difficult...

Ease Stress, Reduce Back Pain

Chronic back pain is a complex condition that involves more than just the physiological structures surrounding the spine—it also involves the mind. If you experience severe back...

Can How You Argue Make You Sick?

Robert W. Levenson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, studies how couples interact, looking for clues to marital stability and satisfaction. In his...

Walking in Nature

A few months ago I went on my annual backpacking trip in California’s magnificent Sierra Nevada mountains. I usually go with a friend for five or six...

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the vice-chair of psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He...
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