Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie


Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.


Stories by Jill Suttie

Articles: Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias

By Jill Suttie | October 28, 2016

We're all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care.


Articles: Is Pride Really a Sin?

By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016

According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.


Articles: Are You a Gardener or a Carpenter for Your Child?

By Jill Suttie | October 3, 2016

Famed child psychologist Alison Gopnik explains what new science reveals about the relationship between adults and children.


Articles: How Background Music Influences Our Behavior at Work

By Jill Suttie | September 22, 2016

A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.


Articles: Can Empathy Improve Policing?

By Jill Suttie | September 21, 2016

New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.

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Articles: How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder

By Jill Suttie | September 15, 2016

Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.


Articles: How to Raise an Environmentalist

By Jill Suttie | September 14, 2016

Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.


Articles: Can Your Immune System Affect Your Ability to Make Friends?

By Jill Suttie | August 8, 2016

New research reveals surprising ties between our immune systems and our social behavior.


Articles: Convincing Skeptics to Try Meditation

By Jill Suttie | July 28, 2016

Two new books aim to bring mindfulness to two resistant groups: children and lawyers.


Articles: Why Your Office Needs More Nature

By Jill Suttie | July 18, 2016

According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.


Articles: Kids Need More Than Just Brains to Succeed

By Jill Suttie | July 12, 2016

A conversation with Paul Tough about his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.


Articles: How Music Bonds Us Together

By Jill Suttie | June 28, 2016

According to new research, music helps synchronize our bodies and our brains.


Articles: Can You Incentivize Generosity?

By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016

According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.


Articles: Do We Need More Empathic Judges?

By Jill Suttie | June 22, 2016

A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.


Articles: Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

By Jill Suttie | June 14, 2016

New research is revealing how to protect teens' mental health during a challenging part of life.


Articles: Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids

By Jill Suttie | June 10, 2016

In our age of narcissism, a new book offers research-based tips for encouraging children to be empathic.


Articles: Mindful Parenting May Keep Kids Out of Trouble

By Jill Suttie | June 7, 2016

According to new research, children who experience mindful parenting are less likely to use drugs or get depression or anxiety.


Articles: How to Help Low-Income Students Succeed

By Jill Suttie | June 3, 2016

According to a new book, we tend to blame kids who struggle rather than blaming their environment.


Articles: What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

By Jill Suttie | May 25, 2016

In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.


Articles: Living with a Purpose Changes Everything

By Jill Suttie | May 20, 2016

According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.


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