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
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Basic Books, 2008, 288 pages
Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer.
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.
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- "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...
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