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Articles: Are Facial Expressions Universal?By Paul Ekman, Dacher Keltner | March 12, 2014
Charles Darwin argued that we can detect someone’s emotional state by looking at her face. Does new research prove him wrong?
Articles: When Empathy FailsBy Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014
Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
Articles: The Neuroscience of Good CoachingBy Marshall Moore | February 18, 2014
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
Articles: A Journey into the Teenage BrainBy Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from 2013—and point to 10 more you ought to consider reading.
A new book explores the mind’s powers of split-second social observation.
Articles: How Stories Change the BrainBy Paul J. Zak | December 17, 2013
Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: The Moralist in the CribBy Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013
Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.
Videos and Podcasts: Applying Mindfulness to WorkplacesBy Rhonda Magee | December 11, 2013
In this talk from the “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference on March 8, 2013, Magee explores how to apply contemplative practices to our professional lives—and in doing so create more compassionate workplaces.
Videos and Podcasts: How to Change Your BrainBy Rick Hanson | December 5, 2013
Rick Hanson explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and help us focus our attention.
Articles: Why Are We So Wired to Connect?By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2013
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.
Articles: Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the TopBy Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013
Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.
Articles: How to Close the Gap Between Us and ThemBy Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
Articles: Just One Thing: Feel the SupportBy Rick Hanson | October 24, 2013
We get more support than we think, says Rick Hanson. We just have to allow ourselves to feel it.
New research is finding that oxytocin doesn’t just bond us to mothers, lovers, and friends—it also seems to play a role in excluding others from that bond.
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.
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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...
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Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
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