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
Christine Carter always tried to meet other people’s expectations—until she realized how out of sync with her own wants and needs she’d become.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
According to a new study, our feelings about aging can influence our emotional reactions to everyday stress.
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- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
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