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Articles: How Loved Children Become Giving AdultsBy Josh Elmore | August 20, 2015
A new study applies attachment theory to understand why some people donate more to charity than others.
A recent Greater Good article about anxiety and empathy triggered controversy among readers. But what does the science say?
Articles: How Anxiety Reduces EmpathyBy Kira M. Newman | August 10, 2015
A study suggests that stress and surprise can hurt your ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes.
Articles: When Courage Goes BadBy Jeremy Adam Smith | July 16, 2015
Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.
Articles: Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?By Jill Suttie | July 8, 2015
Following a wave of research suggesting the benefits of emotionally attuned physicians, the medical field is exploring ways to cultivate empathy.
Articles: How to Avoid the Empathy TrapBy Robin Stern, Diana Divecha | July 7, 2015
Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."
Articles: Is Morality Based on Emotions or Reason?By Jill Suttie | June 10, 2015
A new book takes aim at those who claim moral impulses are rooted in emotional ones.
The Insight Prison Project helps incarcerated men learn new emotional skills in order to succeed in and out of prison. But it can also help crime survivors.
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: How Our Bodies React to Seeing GoodnessBy Jill Suttie | May 12, 2015
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Articles: Why People Make Sacrifices for OthersBy Josh Elmore | April 29, 2015
A new study asks: Is costly altruism motivated more by self-centered distress or a compassionate desire to relieve another person’s pain?
Articles: How to Help a Narcissist to ForgiveBy Linda Graham | April 14, 2015
Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.
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.
Articles: Monkeys for Equal PayBy Barry J. Bergman | March 18, 2015
And every cat for itself! A report on Frans de Waal's recent Greater Good Science Center talk.
Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.
Articles: In Memoriam: Marshall RosenbergBy Rhonda Magee | February 26, 2015
The creator of Nonviolent Communication, who touched the lives of countless people, died earlier this month.
Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.
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: Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?By Vicki | January 7, 2015
Our new and deeper understanding of human development is reshaping how we think about education.
Our kids' lives are not our lives. Once you recognize that fact, says Christine Carter, you can start the conversation.
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that identity Is lost without a moral compass.
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