Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is the director of the Greater Good Science Center, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-editor of the Greater Good book, Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology.
Stories by Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton
What a recent TED talk teaches us about our hidden stereotypes--and their pernicious effects.
Articles: Racism: Bad for Everyone’s HealthBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | September 19, 2012
New studies reveal how racism hurts health. But they also show how having the right attitude can mitigate bad effects.
Articles: How to Pass the Marshmallow TestBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | August 3, 2012
Research explains why it's wrong to discriminate against overweight people—and also why it's important to help build mindfulness and self-control.
Articles: Why People Are Not FeetBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | June 4, 2012
What's the best way to help build the resilience of loved ones? Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton says care, not tough love, is the key.
Articles: Does White Pride Lead to Prejudice?By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | April 26, 2012
Does identifying as "White" predict negative attitudes towards diversity? That depends on how conscious you are of power, says new research.
Articles: How to Spot an AbuserBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | April 12, 2012
Do you sometimes mistake psychological abuse for compatibility? Look to friends for help.
A new study says that there's a right way and a wrong way to put your partner on a pedestal.
New research suggests that evolution selects for altruism, not greed.
Articles: Is it Racism or Politics as Usual?By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | February 3, 2012
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains what a new study on racial bias means for the presidential election.
What socks can teach us about intelligence and overcoming challenges.
How fair is it to vilify Penn State's Mike McQueary for not going to the police?
Articles: Why I Skipped This “Diversity” Bake SaleBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | September 29, 2011
What UC Berkley's College Republicans get wrong about racism and colorblindness.
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how to make sense of conflicting scientific evidence.
Articles: How to Deal with PrejudiceBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | June 30, 2011
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how to confront negative experiences without letting our emotions overwhelm us.
Articles: Why Rap Gets a Bad RapBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | May 31, 2011
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains the science behind a recent White House controversy.
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains why colorblindness doesn't work.
Articles: Why Do We Sabotage Our Success?By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | April 26, 2011
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how a research-proven teaching technique can actually backfire.
Articles: Drawing from ExperienceBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | March 31, 2011
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how our cultural backgrounds can skew our opinions and judgments--but realizing this can help overcome tensions between groups.
Articles: Is Hollywood Racist?By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | February 28, 2011
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton considers why the top movies seem "whitewashed."
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
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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
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