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The way we educate students doesn't reflect what scientists know about expertise.
A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.
Articles: Is Pride Really a Sin?By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016
According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.
Articles: Altruists Have More SexBy Tom Jacobs | September 12, 2016
According to a new study, people who give more get more (if you know what we mean).
Articles: Why Do American Soldiers Miss War?By Jenara Nerenberg | September 1, 2016
According to author Sebastian Junger, facing social isolation back at home deepens the trauma.
Articles: Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?By Scott Barry Kaufman | August 4, 2016
A new study tries to measure the impact of reading on creativity and the motivation to write.
Articles: Why Do We Feel Awe?By Dacher Keltner | May 10, 2016
According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.
New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
Articles: How Altruistic is Your Brain?By Jill Suttie | March 4, 2016
A new book argues that neuroscience findings suggest that altruism is not a response to moral authority, but rather a hard-wired instinct.
Articles: How Songs Help Children BondBy Tom Jacobs | January 22, 2016
A new study suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.
Articles: Altruism is SexyBy Tom Jacobs | January 15, 2016
In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.
Articles: How Fear Hurts UsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2015
In the wake of terrorist attacks, American politicians are stoking fear of Muslims. But there's another, better way to respond to violence, argues Jeremy Adam Smith
Articles: How Our Brains Make Us GenerousBy Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Articles: The New Science of Singing TogetherBy Jacques Launay, Eiluned Pearce | December 4, 2015
Studies find that singing in a choir helps forge social bonds—and it might even make you healthier.
A new study finds that focusing on the group as a teen predicts better health as an adult.
Articles: Why Does Therapy Work?By Jill Suttie | November 10, 2015
A new book argues that talk therapy helps heal psychological wounds by making use of hardwired human needs for connection, understanding, and belonging.
Articles: Can People Change?By Matthieu Ricard | August 25, 2015
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.
When it comes to romance, do you trust your gut? That might not always be the best approach.
Articles: How Groups Shape Individual JudgmentBy Art Markman | July 31, 2015
How social are people? New research suggests that we can go so far as to confuse our own actions with those of others.
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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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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