Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
These are the most recent things on the site for the tag: Violence. You can view more tags here.
Articles: Eight Inspiring Images from 2013By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2013
We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, and forgiveness from the past year.
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: Heroes Without GunsBy Elizabeth Svoboda | September 26, 2013
In a testosterone-heavy cultural landscape, how can women envision themselves as heroes—and in doing so, transform the ways all of us respond to threats and violence?
Articles: Where Do Heroes Come From?By Jill Suttie | August 28, 2013
Why do some of us make sacrifices for others? A new book explores the science of selflessness.
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: May Education NewsletterBy Vicki Zakrzewski | May 14, 2013
With the re-introduction of Congressman Tim Ryan's social-emotional learning bill, our May newsletter focuses on the wide-ranging benefits of SEL skills for students.
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.
After the Boston Marathon explosions, we are inundated with horrific images of violence and suffering. Here's how to protect our kids--and ourselves--from vicarious trauma.
Jeremy Adam Smith reports on new findings in family research, with a special focus on immigrants.
Are people horrible? It's a question many Americans are asking ourselves after the horror of a school shooting.
A recent study suggests boys who do poorly in school are more attracted to violent video games—and violent behavior.
The plot of the new film sounds cynical. But it reveals a surprising amount about the science of human goodness.
Articles: Beautiful SoulsBy Jill Suttie | April 9, 2012
A new book about acts of conscience lends insight to The Hunger Games phenomenon.
A new tragedy raises questions over how to respond to high rates of PTSD.
How fair is it to vilify Penn State's Mike McQueary for not going to the police?
Articles: Can Parents Teach Peace?By Carmen Sobczak | November 2, 2011
A recent study suggests they can, at least some of the time.
Articles: Steven Pinker’s War and Peace, AbridgedBy Steven Pinker | October 20, 2011
If you're curious about Steven Pinker's massive new book, check out this Greater Good essay for a distilled version.
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.
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.
Greater Good Events
UC Berkeley Campus, International House
April 4, 2014
A day-long seminar for health care professionals featuring Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
» ALL EVENTS
Take a Greater Good Quiz!
How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!» TAKE A QUIZ
Dr. Christine Carter's blog on the science of raising happy kids.» READ MORE
Watch Greater Good Videos
Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.Watch
Greater Good Resources
- "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...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
Book of the Week
» READ MORE
SponsorsSpecial thanks to
The Quality of Life Foundation for its support of the Greater Good Science Center
Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program