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You Should Always Shake Hands with a Robot

By Chris Bevan, Danaë Stanton Fraser | May 29, 2015

Touch between humans can build trust and cooperation. But how do we feel when we touch machines?

 
  

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During the past year, actor and comedian Chris Rock took selfies every time he was pulled over by police, as anecdotal evidence of bias in traffic stops. Rock says this happened three times in two months.

How to Reduce Racial Profiling

By Jack Glaser | May 28, 2015

Evidence says that implicit racial bias influences police in deciding which cars to stop. But there's a better way, argues Jack Glaser.

 

Should Student Success Include Happiness?

By Vicki Zakrzewski, Peter Brunn | May 25, 2015

If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.

 

Three Tricky Ways to Cultivate Courage

By Christine Carter | May 21, 2015

Fear holding you back? Here are Christine Carter's favorite tactics for building bravery.

 

Is a Good Role Model a Positive One?

By Art Markman | May 20, 2015

A new study finds that positive role models aren't necessarily better than negative ones. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve.

 
A selfie with National Guard soldiers in Baltimore on May 1, 2015.

Understanding Our New Racial Reality Starts with the Unconscious

By john a. powell | May 19, 2015

Egalitarian goals can be undermined by deeply rooted implicit biases, says john a. powell. To address racial discrimination, we need to look inward.

 

Helping Kids Overcome the Bystander Effect

By Kira M. Newman | May 18, 2015

A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.

 

How to Change a Company from the Inside Out

By Jill Suttie | May 15, 2015

A new book explains how to move your organization in a more socially or environmentally responsible direction.

 
Officer Tina Latendresse of the Hillsboro Police Department in Oregon meditates during a mindfulness training program for police.

How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias

By Rhonda Magee | May 14, 2015

There might be a solution to implicit racial bias, argues Rhonda Magee: cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

 
Adapted from The Upside of Stress (Avery, 2015).

How to Transform Stress into Courage and Connection

By Kelly McGonigal | May 13, 2015

Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.

 

How Our Bodies React to Seeing Goodness

By Jill Suttie | May 12, 2015

A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.

 

Is Facebook Building Political Bridges?

By Tom Jacobs | May 8, 2015

Two new studies defy conventional wisdom by finding that social media is exposing people to different ideas, not isolating them.

 

Why Teachers Are More Likely to Punish Black Students

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 7, 2015

A new study shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.

 

How Being a Stepmom Makes Me a Better Parent

By Christine Carter | May 5, 2015

The children of Christine Carter's husband have taught her to give her own kids a little more space.

 
Picador, 2015, 240 pages

The Place of Care in the Economy

By Jill Suttie | May 4, 2015

A new book brings economists, scientists, and Buddhists together to explore the spiritual dimensions of the economy.

 

Is Mindfulness Really Getting Muddied?

By Barry Boyce, James Gimian | May 1, 2015

There's a growing backlash against mindfulness. But does it have any scientific basis?

 

Eight Ways to Achieve More While Working Less

By Christine Carter | April 30, 2015

Slacking off makes Christine Carter more productive because she slacks strategically.

 

Why People Make Sacrifices for Others

By Josh Elmore | April 29, 2015

A new study asks: Is costly altruism motivated more by self-centered distress or a compassionate desire to relieve another person’s pain?

 
Protesters in Baltimore take to the streets following the death in police detention of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?

By Jason Marsh | April 28, 2015

As protests against police killings of unarmed black men sweep the country, Jason Marsh kicks off a new series about the science of implicit bias.

 

How to Turn Stress into a Good Thing

By Shamash Alidina | April 27, 2015

Stress has a bad reputation, but that doesn't mean you can't become friends.

 

Why Humans Need Surprise

By Jill Suttie | April 24, 2015

A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.

 
Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, co-instructors for GG101x: The Science of Happiness. You can still enroll for the self-paced course.

Can an Online Course Boost Happiness?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Juliana Breines | April 22, 2015

Based on the results from our “Science of Happiness” class, the answer seems to be Yes!

 
A scene from the film Alive Inside.

Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive?

By Jill Suttie | April 21, 2015

A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.

 

What Makes Us Thankful?

By Art Markman | April 20, 2015

A recent study suggests that a belief in the free will of other people is key to our ability to feel gratitude when they do something to help us out.

 

How to Help Teens Find Purpose

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015

Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

 
Yale University Press, 2015, 192 pages

Why Does Altruism Exist?

By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2015

A new book argues that it is group needs, not individual intention and virtue, that drives altruism.

 

How to Help a Narcissist to Forgive

By Linda Graham | April 14, 2015

Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.

 

Why Some People Own Mistakes and Others Don’t

By Art Markman | April 13, 2015

What helps us to take responsibility for our mistakes? A recent study says the key might lie with your belief that people can change.

 
Which one will you choose?

How Science Helps Us Find the Good

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 9, 2015

Looking back at 10 years of writing about the science of human goodness for Greater Good, Jeremy Adam Smith discovers that the bad and good—and the inner and outer—go hand in hand.

 

How SEL and Mindfulness Can Work Together

By Linda Lantieri, Vicki Zakrzewski | April 7, 2015

When taught together, social-emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.

 

Why You Should Love Thy Coworker

By Kira M. Newman | April 6, 2015

A new study suggests that fostering compassion among health care workers might improve the quality of patient care.

 

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