Alex Dixon is a Greater Good editorial assistant.
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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
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
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