How Stories Make You

Why can't you remember early childhood? New research links autobiographical memory to the development of language and storytelling.

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  • Why Can’t We Remember Our Early Childhood? Family & Couples | July 26, 2016

    Research into "childhood amnesia" sheds light on how memories are formed and maintained.

  • How Does It Feel to Not Give to Charity? Mind & Body, Altruism | July 25, 2016

    A new study looks at the emotional consequences of choosing to donate money to charity—or not.

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    Can Awe Combat Narcissism? Mind & Body, Altruism | July 21, 2016

    Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine, explores his research linking awe to kind, generous behavior.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. and the Awe-Inspiring Power of Faith Mind & Body | July 21, 2016

    Jakada Imani, director of capacity building initiatives at the Center for Popular Democracy, explores how spirituality helps us find our place in the universe and inspires us to do good.

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    How Awe Makes You a Better Person Mind & Body, Altruism | July 21, 2016

    Full-length video for GGSC members: Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine, and Jakada Imani, director of capacity building initiatives at the Center for Popular Democracy, discuss how experiences of awe can inspire acts of goodness and greatness.

  • How to Save Your Marriage from Parenthood Family & Couples | July 20, 2016

    Amie Gordon offers five tips to maintain (or reignite) the spark in your relationship.

  • Why You’re Not Meeting Your Exercise Goals Mind & Body, Mindfulness | July 19, 2016

    According to a new study, mindfulness may be the key to motivation.

  • Why Your Office Needs More Nature Work & Career | July 18, 2016

    According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.

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    How Poetry Captivates Us Mind & Body | July 15, 2016

    Former US poet laureate Robert Hass demonstrates the awe-inspiring power of poetry, in a series of readings that will make you say, “Whoa!”

  • What Motivates You to Be Generous? Mind & Body, Altruism | July 14, 2016

    Recent research helps illuminate what's going on in our heads when we choose to give or to hold back.

  • Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | November 27, 2012

    We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.

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    Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion, Mindfulness | May 27, 2011

    Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.

  • Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids Education, Family & Couples, Compassion, Empathy, Happiness, Mindfulness | July 14, 2015

    The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

    Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.

  • Hands On Research: The Science of Touch Education, Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion | September 29, 2010

    Dacher Keltner explains how compassion is literally at our fingertips.

  • Arturo Bejar, a Facebook engineer who has been leading its “social reporting” project, speaking at Facebook’s second Compassion Research Day on July 11.
    Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate? Big Ideas, Compassion, Empathy | July 25, 2012

    Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?

  • Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal Gratitude, Happiness | November 17, 2011

    Here's a way to be thankful all year long.

  • Six Habits of Highly Grateful People Big Ideas, Gratitude | November 20, 2013

    Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"

  • How to Focus a Wandering Mind Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | July 17, 2013

    New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

  • 10 Ways to Become More Grateful Education, Family & Couples, Gratitude, Altruism, Compassion, Happiness | November 17, 2010

    Robert Emmons offers everyday tips for living a life of gratitude.

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