Tag: Morality


Tag: Morality

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Articles: Attention is the Secret to Virtue

By Art Markman | November 6, 2015

You don't necessarily need to convince people to change their behavior. You might just need to get them to pay attention to what they're doing.


Articles: How Parents Influence Early Moral Development

By Jill Suttie | September 29, 2015

A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.


Articles: How Kindness Can Define Who You Are

By Nathan Collins | August 24, 2015

Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that identity Is lost without a moral compass.

Caitlyn Jenner (left, on the cover of Vanity Fair) won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN. This triggered a social media uproar, with many arguing that it should have gone to U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway (right), an athlete who lost an arm and a leg in Iraq.

Articles: When Courage Goes Bad

By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 16, 2015

Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Oxford University Press, 2015, 217 pages

Articles: Is Morality Based on Emotions or Reason?

By Jill Suttie | June 10, 2015

A new book takes aim at those who claim moral impulses are rooted in emotional ones.


Articles: How Our Bodies React to Seeing Goodness

By Jill Suttie | May 12, 2015

A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.

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.


Articles: Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2015

Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.

Routledge, 2014. 243 pages.

Articles: What is a Good Life?

By Jill Suttie | October 1, 2014

A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.

James Fallon (far right) with his wife, daughters, and son.

Articles: Can a Psychopath Learn to Feel Your Pain?

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2014

Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.

To learn more, read this Q&A with Daniel Goleman about Focus in Greater Good!

Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013

Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.

Crown, 2013, 288 pages

Articles: The Moralist in the Crib

By Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013

Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.

Joshua Greene's new book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them (Penguin Press, 432 pages, 2013)

Articles: How to Close the Gap Between Us and Them

By Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013

A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.

W. W. Norton & Company, 2013, 304 pages

Articles: Finding Morality in Animals

By Jill Suttie | July 9, 2013

Two new books explore research on animals to better understand the roots of human morality and challenge human specialness.


Articles: Can Patriotism Be Compassionate?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 2, 2013

Feeling ambivalent about the Fourth of July? New psychological research points to how we can feel authentic pride for our country—and still be citizens of the world.

The Roots of Empathy program (above) brings babies into classrooms to foster empathic skills. Evaluations have found that it reduces aggression, boosts emotional literacy, and creates more caring children.

Articles: Can You Run Out of Empathy?

By C. Daryl Cameron | May 20, 2013

An essay in this week’s New Yorker argues that we don't have enough empathy to go around. But new research says we can keep renewing and expanding our feeling for others.


Articles: Can a Bad Deed Lead to a Good One?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | April 3, 2013

A new study reveals how our frame of mind shapes our sense of right and wrong.


Articles: November Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 14, 2012

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Articles: The Misunderstood Middle Schooler

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 16, 2012

To address the rampant behavior problems in middle school, we need to better understand teens' moral development.

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,  256 pages

Articles: Markets and Moral Limits

By 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.


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