Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
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Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By 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.
Articles: The Moralist in the CribBy 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.
Articles: How to Close the Gap Between Us and ThemBy Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
Articles: Finding Morality in AnimalsBy 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.
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 NewsletterBy Vicki Zakrzewski | November 14, 2012
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Articles: The Misunderstood Middle SchoolerBy Vicki Zakrzewski | October 16, 2012
To address the rampant behavior problems in middle school, we need to better understand teens' moral development.
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.
Articles: Righteous MindsBy Jill Suttie | April 30, 2012
Jonathan Haidt's new book tries to help liberals and conservatives understand each other. But does he succeed?
Articles: Why You Shouldn’t Curb Your CompassionBy Brylyn Stacy | April 13, 2012
A new study suggests the hidden costs of callousness.
Articles: Do Babies Know What’s Fair?By Bernie Wong | March 20, 2012
A new study suggests they do, even before they’re two years old.
Articles: Steven Pinker’s History of (Non)ViolenceBy Jason Marsh | October 19, 2011
The psychologist's latest book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, is essential reading for any reader of Greater Good.
Videos and Podcasts: Paul Bloom on Sex, George Clooney, and Other PleasuresBy The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley | August 10, 2011
The author of How Pleasure Works explains why we do good and how to find true happiness.
Paul Bloom discusses how the psychology of pleasure can explain what we like and why we do good--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: The Good, the Bad, and the BrainBy Gregg Sparkman | August 3, 2011
A review of Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality.
Articles: How Good News Can Inspire Good DeedsBy Carmen Sobczak | July 11, 2011
A recent study suggests how acts of kindness can have a far-reaching ripple effect.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Are We More Moral Than We Think?
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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