The research to date says yes—but only in certain conditions.
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According to a new study, a mindfulness training program could help law enforcement officers cope with a harrowing job.
Articles: What Leaders Must Do to Battle BigotryBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Jason Marsh | January 18, 2016
Prejudice lies deep in the brain, but leaders can create the conditions to help us overcome it.
Articles: How Fear Hurts UsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2015
In the wake of terrorist attacks, American politicians are stoking fear of Muslims. But there's another, better way to respond to violence, argues Jeremy Adam Smith
Articles: May Mindfulness Be With YouBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 14, 2015
Jeremy Adam Smith finds common ground with his son in the philosophy of Star Wars.
After a tragedy like the Paris attacks, kids will have questions. How do we respond?
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, it's time to ask what behaviors might support other people's well-being on social media.
Articles: How Bias Warps Criminal JusticeBy Jill Suttie | September 22, 2015
A new book explains the science of implicit bias.
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 book explores why we forgive and how forgiveness can help us.
Articles: Can People Change?By Matthieu Ricard | August 25, 2015
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
Oakland’s assistant police chief says that law enforcement must work hard to reduce implicit bias and create a new path for police-community relations. But the problem is not intractable.
Articles: When Courage Goes BadBy Jeremy Adam Smith | July 16, 2015
Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.
Can we correct for unconscious prejudice in law enforcement? Former police officer Tracie Keesee says yes.
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?
The Insight Prison Project helps incarcerated men learn new emotional skills in order to succeed in and out of prison. But it can also help crime survivors.
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.
Articles: Why Evolution Made Forgiveness DifficultBy Anthony C. Lopez | March 24, 2015
Nature endowed humanity with both revenge and forgiveness as tools of conflict resolution. But why does one seem so much harder than the other?
Articles: Where Can We Find Sustainable Happiness?By Sarah van Gelder | March 12, 2015
Our society has become addicted to short-term happiness. But there's a better way, argues Sarah van Gelder.
Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.
According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.
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