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Articles: How Songs Help Children Bond

By 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 Sexy

By 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 Us

By 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 Generous

By 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 Together

By 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.

 

Articles: When Going Along with the Crowd May be Good for Teens

By Jill Suttie | December 3, 2015

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.

 
Matthieu Ricard

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.

 

Articles: Three Reasons Why You Can’t Always Trust Romantic Instincts

By Juliana Breines | August 6, 2015

When it comes to romance, do you trust your gut? That might not always be the best approach.

 

Articles: How Groups Shape Individual Judgment

By 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.

 
Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

Articles: Racism is Not a Mental Illness

By 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?

 
Adapted from The Upside of Stress (Avery, 2015).

Articles: How to Transform Stress into Courage and Connection

By Kelly McGonigal | May 13, 2015

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.

 
Protesters in Baltimore take to the streets following the death in police detention of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

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.

 
Yale University Press, 2015, 192 pages

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.

 
Which one will you choose?

Articles: How Science Helps Us Find the Good

By 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 Difficult

By 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?

 
Frans de Waal: Like humans, along with aggression, chimps’ behavior includes reconciliation, empathy and consolation.

Articles: Monkeys for Equal Pay

By Barry J. Bergman | March 18, 2015

And every cat for itself! A report on Frans de Waal's recent Greater Good Science Center talk.

 
They look like they're fighting—but in fact these two bonobos are playing.

Articles: What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

By Frans de Waal | March 3, 2015

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.

 

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