A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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After the Boston Marathon explosions, we are inundated with horrific images of violence and suffering. Here's how to protect our kids--and ourselves--from vicarious trauma.
Articles: Meditation Makes Us Act with CompassionBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | April 11, 2013
A new study suggests mindfulness meditation can help us overcome the "bystander effect."
The new documentary Bully tells the stories of five bullied kids—and says what we can do to help them.
Articles: Beautiful SoulsBy Jill Suttie | April 9, 2012
A new book about acts of conscience lends insight to The Hunger Games phenomenon.
How fair is it to vilify Penn State's Mike McQueary for not going to the police?
Research Digest Items/Studies: Does Being Drunk, Powerful, and in the Dark Make You Do Good—or Evil?
A study suggests that a single word can compel us to help others.
Articles: What Makes a Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 18, 2011
We all have an inner hero, argues Philip Zimbardo. Here's how to find it.
Videos and Podcasts: What Makes A Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 17, 2011
Philip Zimbardo explores what research knows about who becomes a hero—and why they act heroically.
Videos and Podcasts: Altruism, Heroism, and the Psychology of the BystanderBy Jason Marsh | March 12, 2007
Panelists including legendary psychologist Philip Zimbardo and Katrina photographer Ted Jackson discuss the bystander effect, altruism, and the potential for heroism in all of us.
Articles: Bystanders to GenocideBy Jason Marsh | September 1, 2006
An Interview with Philip Gourevitch
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.
Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.
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