Summer 2008 (Volume V, Issue 1)
Are We Born Racist?
Do we really live in a “post-racial” society? Studies show that our prejudices have deep psychological roots; they may be wired into our brains. But research has also identified strategies for reducing and even overcoming prejudice. This issue of Greater Good explores how we can put this research into practice.
From The Editors
Aping a Smile (03)By | June 1, 2008
Golden Years (04)By | June 1, 2008
Old and Open-Minded (06)By | June 1, 2008
Forgive Me? (07)By | June 1, 2008
New research says social-emotional learning helps students in every way.
The Obama Factor (13)By | June 1, 2008
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson
Look Twice (14)By | June 1, 2008
Susan T. Fiske has some bad news: Prejudice might be hardwired in our brains. But the good news is that we can still learn to override our prejudices and embrace difference.
Can You Police Bias? (15)By | June 1, 2008
Rubbing Off (16)By | June 1, 2008
Allison Briscoe-Smith explains how kids learn about race—and how their parents can foster tolerance.
Mix It Up! (17)By | June 1, 2008
Despite some progress, racism is still pervasive in American schools, reports Jennifer Holladay. Here’s what schools can do to promote tolerance and equality.
Framed! (19)By | June 1, 2008
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton argues that we must look to our prejudices, not our genes, to explain achievement gaps.
The Unhealthy Racist (20)By | June 1, 2008
Rising Together (21)By | June 1, 2008
Jennifer A. Chatman explains how companies can fight prejudice in the workplace.
Double Blood (22)By | June 1, 2008
Multiracial people have faced their own particular breeds of prejudice and anxiety, reports Rebecca Walker. But new research, and a new generation, offers hope for the future.
Perfectly Natural (23)By | June 1, 2008
The Mindful Birth (24)By | June 1, 2008
A new program is applying mindfulness meditation to childbirth and parenting. Could it lead to healthier babies?
Seeing Human (25)By | June 1, 2008
Human beings have a deep-seated tendency to humanize everything around them. Is it delusion—or a natural and healthy response to loneliness?
Three new books explore the upsides of sadness and the downsides of happiness.
Book Review: Spark (27)By | June 1, 2008
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
By John J. Ratey, with Eric Hagerman, Little, Brown and Company, 2008, 304 pages
The Cure Within: A history of mind-body medicine
By Anne Harrington, W. W. Norton, 2008, 354 pages
The Wise Heart: A guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist Psychology
By Jack Kornfield, Bantam Books, 2008, 448 pages
Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct
By Michael McCullough, Jossey-Bass, 2008, 320 pages
Pop Culture Review
The Mist of Panic (31)By | June 1, 2008
How do people respond to disasters? Hollywood and science disagree.
Ideas for the Greater Good
Magic for Muggles (32)By | June 1, 2008
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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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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