A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.
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Articles: Are We Born Vengeful?By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 27, 2015
A new study explores whether children are quicker to comfort a victim or punish the thief—and what this might reveal about human nature.
Touch between humans can build trust and cooperation. But how do we feel when we touch machines?
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
Articles: The Place of Care in the EconomyBy Jill Suttie | May 4, 2015
A new book brings economists, scientists, and Buddhists together to explore the spiritual dimensions of the economy.
Articles: How Science Helps Us Find the GoodBy Jeremy Adam Smith | April 9, 2015
Looking back at 10 years of writing about the science of human goodness for Greater Good, Jeremy Adam Smith discovers that the bad and good—and the inner and outer—go hand in hand.
Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.
Articles: Four Ways Music Strengthens Social BondsBy Jill Suttie | January 15, 2015
Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.
Articles: The Social ArtistBy Jill Suttie | September 23, 2014
A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
Articles: What’s the Truth about Trust?By Jill Suttie | May 21, 2014
A new book says that trustworthiness is a moving target, dependent on our moods, circumstances, and competing needs.
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
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: 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: The Cooperative InstinctBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | September 21, 2012
A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete.
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Articles: Urban EvolutionBy Jill Suttie | November 4, 2011
A review of David Sloan Wilson's The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time.
Articles: Steven Pinker’s War and Peace, AbridgedBy Steven Pinker | October 20, 2011
If you're curious about Steven Pinker's massive new book, check out this Greater Good essay for a distilled version.
Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
Is your mind wandering? Rick Hanson offers seven steps to get it back on track.
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