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.
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
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
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
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- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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