A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.
A new book explores when trauma triggers growth—and when it doesn't.
A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.
A new book explains the many reasons why teens seem to shut down, even when they especially need parental support.
A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.
A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.
Two new books tackle the problem of raising difficult kids, offering solutions that are both more compassionate and successful than harsh discipline.
A new book explains what humor is, how things become funny, and why evolution gave us laughter.
A new book says that trustworthiness is a moving target, dependent on our moods, circumstances, and competing needs.
A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.
A new book argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success.
Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.
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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A new book explores the mind’s powers of split-second social observation.
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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.
A new book explores how to optimize brain health through all the stages of life.
Two new books explore research on animals to better understand the roots of human morality and challenge human specialness.
A new book explores how to parent today's young adults, who are struggling to become established and independent.
A new book highlights how mindfulness can help improve social relationships and nurture compassion toward oneself and others.
These two books give us insights into how brain science can help us understand our nature, improve our lives, and help us empathize with those who may have memory lapses.
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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