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James Fallon (far right) with his wife, daughters, and son.

Can a Psychopath Learn to Feel Your Pain?

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2014

Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.

 
  

Past Stories

Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the Top

By Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013

Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.

 
Daniel Goleman

Is Attention the Secret to Emotional Intelligence?

By Jason Marsh | November 14, 2013

An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.

 
Joshua Greene's new book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them (Penguin Press, 432 pages, 2013)

How to Close the Gap Between Us and Them

By Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013

A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.

 
Susan T. Fiske speaks at Being Human 2013.

What Does Prejudice Reveal About What It Means to be Human?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | October 21, 2013

What happens when we define some people as more human than others? A Q&A with Susan Fiske about the new science of racism.

 

What’s Love Got to Do with the Brain?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | October 3, 2013

Poems and pop songs have a lot to say about love. But is it all nonsense? Helen Fisher looks at lyrics through a scientific lens.

 
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013, 252 pages

Empathy from Birth

By Laura White | August 30, 2013

A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow Terrie Rose on developing emotional readiness in young children.

 
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Can Love Change the World?

By Michael Edwards | August 19, 2013

Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? A Q&A with Barbara Fredrickson, author of Love 2.0.

 
Daniel Goleman and Tara Bennett-Goleman

How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

By Jill Suttie | June 19, 2013

Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.

 
Brother David Steindl-Rast

Is Gratitude the Path to a Better World?

By Jill Suttie | May 29, 2013

An interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, author, and leading figure in the worldwide gratitude movement.

 
Mark Promislo

Does Materialism Fuel Work-Life Conflict?

By Scott Behson | April 12, 2013

A new study says materialistic values can worsen conflict between family and work.

 
Sonja Lyubomirsky

Debunking the Myths of Happiness

By Jason Marsh | February 20, 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.

 

Our Children, Our Strangers

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 3, 2012

A new book explores extreme differences between parents and children—and in so doing, reveals how we can all find empathy, resilience, and meaning in life's most difficult experiences.

 

How to Foster Group Creativity

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 11, 2012

In the second of a two-part conversation, Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explains how science can help teams become more creative.

 

How Creativity Works

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 10, 2012

Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explores how neuroscientific discoveries have helped us understand the ways we imagine new things.

 
V.S. Ramachandran

Do Mirror Neurons Give Us Empathy?

By Jason Marsh | March 29, 2012

Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explains what mirror neurons tell us—and what they don't—about empathy and other skills.

 

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