Gregg Sparkman graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Anthropology and Psychology with honors. Mentored by Dacher Keltner as an undergraduate, he completed an honors thesis on the relationship between the vagus nerve, altruism, and positive emotions. His research interests include emotions, morality, physiology, political psychology, positive psychology and pro-social behavior. Gregg makes contributions to Greater Good magazine, helps develop the Greater Good website, and volunteers at Greater Good events.
Stories by Gregg Sparkman
The results are in from the Greater Good altruism quiz—and it turns out that gender, age, and income have significant connections to generosity.
Articles: Here’s How Grateful You AreBy Gregg Sparkman | February 29, 2012
The results are in from the Greater Good gratitude quiz. Seems like you've been keeping a gratitude journal, haven't you?
Articles: Here’s How Trusting You AreBy Gregg Sparkman | November 21, 2011
Results from the Greater Good trust quiz.
Articles: The Good, the Bad, and the BrainBy Gregg Sparkman | August 3, 2011
A review of Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.
Articles: A Prescription for Stress ReductionBy Gregg Sparkman | June 24, 2010
Can mindfulness prevent doctors from burning out?
Articles: Missed SignalsBy Gregg Sparkman | May 24, 2010
A new study reveals the hidden costs of cosmetic surgery.
Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
These two books give us insights into how brain science can help us understand our nature, improve our lives, and help us empathize with those who may have memory lapses.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
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Greater Good Resources
- "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”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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The Quality of Life Foundation for its support of the Greater Good Science Center
Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence