In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
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Articles: Women, Power, and Hillary ClintonBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 24, 2016
Research suggests that Clinton’s election could increase women’s political power—but they’ll face the same pitfalls as their male counterparts.
Articles: Are the Rich Really Less Generous?By Jason Marsh | December 22, 2015
A new study suggests that inequality—not wealth alone—reduces generosity.
Articles: Does Wealth Reduce Compassion?By BerkeleyWellness, Dacher Keltner | December 17, 2015
Dacher Keltner discusses his lab's research into the effect that wealth has on people's generosity and sense of connectedness.
Articles: What Inequality Does to KidsBy Diana Divecha | December 1, 2015
Robert Putnam's recent book issues a wake-up call for what a nation can and should do for its families.
Articles: How Power Shapes TrustBy Martin Reimann, Oliver Schilke | October 9, 2015
A new study suggests that people with less power actually tend to put more faith in others.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others—which might lead to even greater disparities.
Articles: Does Power Corrupt Everyone Equally?By Scott Barry Kaufman | September 3, 2015
A new film reveals an important but rarely discussed lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment.
A new study finds the answer may lie with family income.
Articles: Racism is Not a Mental IllnessBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
Articles: Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?By Jason Marsh | April 28, 2015
As protests against police killings of unarmed black men sweep the country, Jason Marsh kicks off a new series about the science of implicit bias.
Articles: When Does Power Hurt Romance?By Amie M. Gordon | October 2, 2014
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
Articles: Why Do We Blame Victims?By Juliana Breines | April 8, 2014
Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.
What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
Great companies have compassionate leaders, says Google's "Jolly Good Fellow."
A new study says affluent people are less likely to reach out to others in times of chaos.
Articles: Happiness is about Respect, not RichesBy Stacey Kennelly | July 13, 2012
A study shows that admiration from peers—not wealth or economic status—is what really makes us happy.
Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Having it All” essay in this month's The Atlantic raises important questions about men, women... and gratitude.
The plot of the new film sounds cynical. But it reveals a surprising amount about the science of human goodness.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.
According to a new study, our feelings about aging can influence our emotional reactions to everyday stress.
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