A new book argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success.
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Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
A new book explores why contemporary parenthood can be so stressful—and at the same time so meaningful.
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
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Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.
A new book argues that other factors, besides IQ, are important in academic success and in life.
In a new book, Daniel Goleman argues that focus leads to greater happiness, better relationships, and increased productivity.
A new book explains the role emotions play in medical care.
Why do some of us make sacrifices for others? A new book explores the science of selflessness.
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