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In a new study, researchers saw Jewish- and Palestinian-Israeli students cooperating better after a simple lesson.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu identifies principles that promote a truly inclusive university.
A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.
Articles: How Music Bonds Us TogetherBy Jill Suttie | June 28, 2016
According to new research, music helps synchronize our bodies and our brains.
Articles: Can You Incentivize Generosity?By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016
According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.
Articles: Women, Power, and Hillary ClintonBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 24, 2016
Research suggests that Clinton’s election could increase women’s political power—but they’ll face the same pitfalls as their male counterparts.
New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others—which might lead to even greater disparities.
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?
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
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