Are We Born Vengeful?

A new study explores whether children are quicker to comfort a victim or punish the thief—and what this might reveal about human nature.


Plus: Who gets to be courageous?

 
 
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    Ten years after the trauma of the hurricane, a study finds that some students are having unexpected success.

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  • How to Avoid the Empathy Trap Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | July 7, 2015

    Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."

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

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    The nation's top marriage expert explains why trust is essential to couples and communities--and how we can build it.

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