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Articles: Eight Inspiring Images from 2013By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2013
We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, and forgiveness from the past year.
Articles: Heroes Without GunsBy Elizabeth Svoboda | September 26, 2013
In a testosterone-heavy cultural landscape, how can women envision themselves as heroes—and in doing so, transform the ways all of us respond to threats and violence?
Articles: Where Do Heroes Come From?By Jill Suttie | August 28, 2013
Why do some of us make sacrifices for others? A new book explores the science of selflessness.
Are people horrible? It's a question many Americans are asking ourselves after the horror of a school shooting.
Articles: Beautiful SoulsBy Jill Suttie | April 9, 2012
A new book about acts of conscience lends insight to The Hunger Games phenomenon.
In the controversy around an honor for Whitney Houston, Jason Marsh finds lessons about the nature of heroism and compassion.
Articles: The Captain Who Fell into the LifeboatBy Zeno Franco and Matt Langdon | January 20, 2012
What the Costa Concordia disaster reveals about heroism—and how we can train ourselves to be heroes.
How fair is it to vilify Penn State's Mike McQueary for not going to the police?
Research Digest Items/Studies: Does Being Drunk, Powerful, and in the Dark Make You Do Good—or Evil?
A study suggests that a single word can compel us to help others.
Articles: What Makes a Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 18, 2011
We all have an inner hero, argues Philip Zimbardo. Here's how to find it.
Videos and Podcasts: What Makes A Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 17, 2011
Philip Zimbardo explores what research knows about who becomes a hero—and why they act heroically.
Videos and Podcasts: Heroic Imagination ProjectBy Philip Zimbardo | January 16, 2011
Philip Zimbardo describes his new program to help people find their inner hero.
Videos and Podcasts: A Study of EvilBy Philip Zimbardo | January 12, 2011
Philip Zimbardo explains how his infamous Stanford Prison Experiment illuminates the horrors of Abu Ghraib and the psychology of evil.
Videos and Podcasts: The Truth about Good and EvilBy Philip Zimbardo | January 10, 2011
Philip Zimbardo argues that there are no fixed boundaries between “good” and “bad” people.
Articles: The Roots of Moral CourageBy Kristen Renwick Monroe | June 23, 2010
Why do some people risk their lives to help others? Kristen Renwick Monroe has dedicated her career to finding out.
Videos and Podcasts: Heroic Compassion & AltruismBy Paul Ekman | June 17, 2010
Paul Ekman explores how and why certain people help others even when it puts themselves at risk.
Articles: Global CompassionBy Paul Ekman | December 1, 2008
A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman
Anger has a place at work, Deanna Geddes and Dirk Lindebaum argue, as long as it meets three conditions.
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.
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