Alex Dixon is a Greater Good editorial assistant.
Stories by Alex Dixon
New research suggests that once you start doing nice things for other people, you might not want to stop.
Articles: Can Empathy Reduce Racism?By Alex Dixon | July 21, 2011
A new study suggests we can keep our prejudices in check by trying to see the world through someone else's eyes.
Articles: Birds Do It. Bats Do It.By Jeremy Adam Smith, Alex Dixon | November 1, 2009
New research shows how cooperation prevails across the animal kingdom, report Alex Dixon and Jeremy Adam Smith. What can humans learn from other species?
Articles: Policing BiasBy Alex Dixon | August 1, 2009
Studies show that police officers are quicker to shoot black suspects than white ones, reports Alex Dixon. As a result, scientists and law enforcement are teaming up to confront a dangerous threat: racial bias.
Articles: Book Review: Rock, Paper, ScissorsBy Alex Dixon | December 1, 2008
by Len Fisher
Basic Books, 2008, 288 pages
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.
According to a new study, people who give more get more (if you know what we mean).
Greater Good Events
December 9-10, 2016
This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer.
» ALL EVENTS
Take a Greater Good Quiz!
How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!» TAKE A QUIZ
Watch Greater Good Videos
Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.Watch
Greater Good Resources
- "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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
Book of the Week
» READ MORE
Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program