Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
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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?
Videos and Podcasts: Why Teens Seek Novelty and DangerBy Daniel Siegel | July 25, 2014
Best-selling author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel explains how adolescence remodels the brain, increasing a willingness to take risks and seek out new things.
Videos and Podcasts: Why Teens Turn from Parents to PeersBy Daniel Siegel | July 23, 2014
Best-selling author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel explains why adolescents turn to their peers and away from their parents for security, attachment, and approval.
Articles: Four Ways Sadness May Be Good for YouBy Joseph P. Forgas | June 4, 2014
Scientists are finding out how sadness works in the brain—and they're discovering that it can confer important advantages.
Articles: Does Nature Select for Nice?By Joseph Ferrell | March 26, 2014
A new book argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
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: The Moralist in the CribBy Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013
Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.
Articles: Why Are We So Wired to Connect?By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2013
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.
Articles: Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the TopBy Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013
Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.
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: A Healthier Kind of HappinessBy Jill Suttie | September 10, 2013
Happiness and good health seem to go together. But according to a new study, not all forms of happiness are created equal.
Attention is like a spotlight—whatever it shines on becomes brighter in the mind. This knowledge can help us build compassion, says Paul Gilbert.
Articles: Can Patriotism Be Compassionate?By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 2, 2013
Feeling ambivalent about the Fourth of July? New psychological research points to how we can feel authentic pride for our country—and still be citizens of the world.
Articles: Are Women More Compassionate than Men?By Emma Seppala | June 26, 2013
The Dalai Lama recently argued that women have more biological potential for compassion than men. Does science support that claim?
Articles: This Is Your Brain on HeartbreakBy Meghan Laslocky | February 15, 2013
Why does getting dumped hurt physically? Meghan Laslocky explains where that feeling comes from, and what it's good for.
Articles: Being Kind Makes Kids HappyBy Delia Fuhrmann | August 1, 2012
A new study is the first to show that kids get a happiness boost from sacrificing for others, suggesting our strong inclinations for altruism.
Articles: The Compassionate SpeciesBy Dacher Keltner | July 31, 2012
The vulnerability of our children transformed human relationships, argues Dacher Keltner, and made compassion essential to our survival.
Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.
An annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education.
SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.
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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”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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