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Videos and Podcasts: Positive Parenting: Get Out and PlayBy Jason Marsh | December 7, 2008
Greater Good Science Center’s Dr. Christine Carter tells us about the power of play.
Articles: Does Art Heal?By Meera Lee Sethi | Winter 2009
At Shands HealthCare in Florida, artists and physicians have been partners for 18 years, reports Meera Lee Sethi. Their program is helping to prove the clinical benefits of creativity.
Articles: Why We Make ArtBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | Winter 2009
Seven artists explain why they write, rap, take photos, draw, dance, and make movies.
Raising Happiness: 7 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your KidsBy Christine Carter | September 16, 2008
Articles: With Friends Like TheseBy Marjorie Taylor, Alison b. Shawber | Spring 2008
It’s normal and healthy for children to have imaginary friends, explain Marjorie Taylor and Alison B. Shawber. But what do these friends say about the children who create them?
Articles: Can We Play?By David Elkind | Spring 2008
Play is essential to positive human development, but kids are playing less and less, says psychologist David Elkind. What can we do to build a new culture of play?
Articles: The Wild OnesBy Howard P. Chudacoff | Spring 2008
Throughout American history, adults have tried to control children’s play. But Howard P. Chudacoff argues that in the end, the kids will always win.
Articles: From the Editors: Spring 08By Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith | Spring 2008
Articles: Games Animals PlayBy Lee Alan Dugatkin, Sarina Rodrigues | Spring 2008
Animal play is serious business, say scientists Lee Alan Dugatkin and Sarina Rodrigues.
Articles: Playing the Blame GameBy Jeremy Adam Smith | Spring 2008
Video games stand accused of causing obesity, violence, and lousy grades. But new research paints a surprisingly complicated and positive picture, reports Jeremy Adam smith.
Articles: Confessions of an Anxious ParentBy Jill Suttie | Spring 2008
Are today’s parents afraid to let their kids play on their own? Jill Suttie tries to strike a balance between safety, freedom, and success.
Articles: Playing with PowerBy Jason Marsh | Winter 2007-08
Jason Marsh reflects on an educational classic.
Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
These two books give us insights into how brain science can help us understand our nature, improve our lives, and help us empathize with those who may have memory lapses.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
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