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
Look Twice (14)By Susan T. Fiske | Summer 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.
Rubbing Off (16)By Allison Briscoe-Smith | Summer 2008
Allison Briscoe-Smith explains how kids learn about race—and how their parents can foster tolerance.
Mix It Up! (17)By Jennifer Holladay | Summer 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 Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | Summer 2008
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton argues that we must look to our prejudices, not our genes, to explain achievement gaps.
Rising Together (21)By Jennifer A. Chatman | Summer 2008
Jennifer A. Chatman explains how companies can fight prejudice in the workplace.
Double Blood (22)By Rebecca Walker | Summer 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.
The Mindful Birth (24)By Emilie Raguso | Summer 2008
A new program is applying mindfulness meditation to childbirth and parenting. Could it lead to healthier babies?
Three new books explore the upsides of sadness and the downsides of happiness.
Book Review: Spark (27)By Leif Hass | Summer 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
Pop Culture Review
A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
Feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? That may be a sign of progress, says Jeremy Adam Smith.
Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.
Studies show giving makes people happy, and happiness makes people give--but not always. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton offer three ways to help people feel good about giving.
Greater Good Events
University of California, Berkeley
Clark Kerr Campus
Friday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute will equip educators with social-emotional learning tools that will benefit both students and teachers. Registration is now closed.
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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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