Touch between humans can build trust and cooperation. But how do we feel when we touch machines?
Egalitarian goals can be undermined by deeply rooted implicit biases, says john a. powell. To address racial discrimination, we need to look inward.
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.
Stress has a bad reputation, but that doesn't mean you can't become friends.
Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.
Our society has become addicted to short-term happiness. But there's a better way, argues Sarah van Gelder.
To deal life's challenges, we need resources. Rick Hanson explains how to find the ones that lie inside yourself.
Some things are easy to give up, says Rick Hanson. But what do you do when they aren't?
Anger toward parents is still at the heart of a great deal of therapy. But has this approach gone too far?
The way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, argues Christine Carter, but to pursue it for others
We think of kindness as something we do for others. But Rick Hanson says kindness is a two-way street.
Kozo Hattori interviewed researchers and spiritual leaders about how to raise compassionate boys. This is what he discovered.
Rick Hanson reminds us to see existence with delight, awe, gratitude, and wow!
New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.
A new study suggests that strengthening the content of your character can make you beautiful.
New studies are exploring the scientific basis for feelings of reverence and wonder.
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
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?
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
Savoring positive experiences can change the brain for the better, says Rick Hanson.
Social science is just beginning to understand how Facebook has changed our social lives since it was born ten years ago.
Allowing just a small part of ourselves to take over can lead to mistakes, argues Rick Hanson. Here's how to become whole again.
Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.
Charles Darwin argued that we can detect someone’s emotional state by looking at her face. Does new research prove him wrong?
Other people can make us anxious. Sometimes the fear is justified, says Rick Hanson, but most of the time, it's not. How can we overcome those needless fears?
Many people believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people, but research doesn't support this belief.
Every day, we face pressures from within and from without. Rick Hanson suggests a new way to deal with them.
Sometimes things are difficult—and we can make it worse by telling ourselves that "things shouldn't be this way." But Rick Hanson suggests an alternative.
A new study about men, women, and conflict created controversy among our readers. Researcher Lian Bloch responds.
Another school year is over. And just in time, here are activities from our new web resource to help teachers make the most of summer.
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.
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This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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