Egalitarian goals can be undermined by deeply rooted implicit biases, says john a. powell. To address racial discrimination, we need to look inward.
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Articles: How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial BiasBy Rhonda Magee | May 14, 2015
There might be a solution to implicit racial bias, argues Rhonda Magee: cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
A new study shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.
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: How Science Helps Us Find the GoodBy Jeremy Adam Smith | April 9, 2015
Looking back at 10 years of writing about the science of human goodness for Greater Good, Jeremy Adam Smith discovers that the bad and good—and the inner and outer—go hand in hand.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Can Mindfulness Help Reduce Racism?By Jill Suttie | December 9, 2014
Can we override hidden prejudice? A new study says, yes, it can be done—and the key might be mindfulness meditation.
Articles: Why Empathy MattersBy Jill Suttie | November 21, 2014
A new book argues that empathy can be a radical force for social change.
New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.
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: Are Rats Born Racist?By Bianca Lorenz | March 26, 2014
The answer is no, according to a new study. Social contact matters more than genetics in determining who gets help and who doesn't.
Articles: When Empathy FailsBy Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014
Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
A new study asks if mindfulness can help people who experience depression as a result of prejudice.
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
A new book explores the mind’s powers of split-second social observation.
What happens when we define some people as more human than others? A Q&A with Susan Fiske about the new science of racism.
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.
What a recent TED talk teaches us about our hidden stereotypes--and their pernicious effects.
Articles: How to Think Like Sherlock HolmesBy Jill Suttie | May 24, 2013
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.
Plans to close public schools are raising concerns about student safety in several major cities. But if the cities heed lessons from social science, they may be able to keep a difficult situation from getting even worse.
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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