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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.
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.
Articles: What Drives Selfless Acts?By Nathan Collins | July 20, 2015
Altruism has stumped researchers for years, but a new study finds that it may be as simple as choosing to be generous.
Articles: Racism is Not a Mental IllnessBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
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: Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?By Jason Marsh | April 28, 2015
As protests against police killings of unarmed black men sweep the country, Jason Marsh kicks off a new series about the science of implicit bias.
Articles: Why Does Altruism Exist?By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2015
A new book argues that it is group needs, not individual intention and virtue, that drives altruism.
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: Why Evolution Made Forgiveness DifficultBy Anthony C. Lopez | March 24, 2015
Nature endowed humanity with both revenge and forgiveness as tools of conflict resolution. But why does one seem so much harder than the other?
A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.
Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.
Christine Carter gets to the heart of the resentment she feels on Mother's Day.
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