What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
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Articles: Markets and Moral LimitsBy Ann Shulman | September 24, 2012
A new book argues that markets have a place—but it's not in hospitals, daycare centers, schools, or families.
A new study says affluent people are less likely to reach out to others in times of chaos.
The results are in from the Greater Good altruism quiz—and it turns out that gender, age, and income have significant connections to generosity.
The plot of the new film sounds cynical. But it reveals a surprising amount about the science of human goodness.
Seven separate studies by GGSC-affiliated researchers find that upper-class people are more likely to break laws and social customs.
Articles: Fox News: GGSC Fellow Study is “Junk”By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2011
New media coverage of our research ranges from the helpful to the political.
New research by GGSC graduate fellow Jennifer Stellar finds that upper classes are less able to recognize suffering.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Nurturing Moms Are Better than Money
Articles: Does Inequality Make Us Unhappy?By Carmen Sobczak | July 26, 2011
A new study suggests Americans' happiness declines when there’s a wider gap between rich and poor.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Fear of Being Envied Makes People Help Others
Articles: You Can’t Buy EmpathyBy Jason Marsh | December 14, 2010
New research suggests the rich have a hard time reading others' emotions.
Articles: The Poor Give MoreBy Jason Marsh | August 11, 2010
A new study finds that the rich are less altruistic
Research Digest Items/Studies: Do Our Brains Crave Equality?
Research Digest Items/Studies: Falling Happiness in the Rising Economy of China
Articles: Book Review: GivingBy Leif Hass | March 1, 2008
Giving: How each of us can change the world
By Bill Clinton
Knopf, 2007, 256 pages
In a new installment of our Mindful Monday series, we talk with researcher Rimma Teper about how mindfulness helps improve executive function.
What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.
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