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Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.
Articles: The Evolution of EmpathyBy Frans de Waal | September 1, 2005
We tend to think of empathy as a uniquely human trait. But it’s something apes and other animals demonstrate as well, says primatologist Frans de Waal. He shows how our evolutionary history suggests a deep-rooted propensity for feeling the emotions of others.
If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
There might be a solution to implicit racial bias, argues Rhonda Magee: cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
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