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“Love Hate & Everything in Between”, a new documentary exploring the importance of empathy in today’s ever interconnected world.“If we don’t learn to relate with one another, we are a failed society.”- Mary Gordon, Canadian expert on child development and the founder of Roots of Empathy, a classroom program adopted in 10 countries that has been shown to reduce cruelty and bullying. The program involves periodically taking infants to elementary schools where students become attached to the babies and learn to empathize, ultimately raising their emotional and social consciousness.
What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...
"the difference between empathy and sympathy is the connection"
People rate themselves above average in psychology studies so routinely that researchers are surprised when it doesn't show up
If you are constantly on your mobile phone, most onlookers might think you have lots of friends and a busy social life. However, those attached to the phone are likely to be less happy than those who can resist a ring.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that of all the kinds of ways human beings could organize themselves into networks, that's what we do. We evince degree assortativity, and I don't think it's a coincidence that we do that. We assemble ourselves into groups, the group now has this property, this germ- resistance property, which is a property of the group, but which, as it turns out, also benefits and affects us. Now, being a member of that group, we are less likely to acquire pathogens.
And this sets the stage for a set of ideas that we and others have been exploring that shed light on multi-level selection and other kinds of contentious ideas in the biological and the social sciences. And we have a number of fellow travelers on this road—László Barabási, Dirk Helbing, Tooby and Cosmides, Frans de Waal, Nowak, Rand, Santos—people working on these related areas of interactions among animals and people, and what this means. In fact, David Rand and Josh Green and Martin Nowak just had a nice paper this past year — I was asked to highlight some papers—looking at whether you can use time to response as a kind of heuristic for understanding are people intuitive cooperators and rationally selfish, or do they exercise rational self-control over a kind of instinctive greed? The data they presented in that paper, to my eyes, was quite compelling—that we are intuitively wired to cooperate."
Understanding the emergence of human culture requires an understanding of how social information and ideas spread through social networks -- and so does understanding the emergence and nature of human cooperation
Every person aspires to a good life. But what does "a good or a better life" mean?
In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose.
The Dutch documentary Beperkt Houdbaar (Preservation Limited) throws a critical look upon our media era and how beauty in marketing is affecting the way we perceive ourselves.
So how, this shopping season, do you avoid hedonic decline and find the joy not only in the buying, but also in the owning? Below, a few tips for prolonging retail therapy afterglow.
Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty.
EXCLUSIVE: California-based software firm FrontRange asked people to go without their phones for a week and then tracked their mental and physiological state.
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.
Giving of yourself -- whether it be your time, energy or money -- isn't just a boon to those you're helping.
Discoveries and inventions are often attributed to chance or luck. Historical accounts tend to emphasize that scientists and inventors simply had the right b...
People, as we know, have mixed abilities. One person might be more skilled than average when it comes physical ability, but lack judgment. Others excel when it comes to the ability to buckle down and work hard, but aren't the most inspired.
What if there was a free, fast way to feel happier every day? There is.
(PHILIP ZIMBARDO:) For years I've been interested in a fundamental question concerning what I call the psychology of evil: Why is it that good people do evil deeds? I've been interested in that question since I was a little kid. Growing up in the ghetto in the South Bronx, I had lots of friends who I thought were good kids, but for one reason or another they ended up in serious trouble. They went to jail, they took drugs, or they did terrible things to other people. My whole upbringing was focused on trying to understand what could have made them go wrong.
In a simple experiment, researchers sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
On the capacity for transformation and its prerequisite of letting go. Last weekend, at a dear friend's wedding, the groom's sister read
"In a relationship, one mind revises the other; one heart changes its partner..."
"Who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love."
For Stanford researcher Emma Seppala, it’s our connections with others that matter most.
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.
V.S. Ramachandran and Beau Lotto discuss the brain, our lived experience of the world, and how it relates to being human.
Social media’s effect on your bodily attitudes can harm your mental health.
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
Researchers have struggled to identify how certain states of mind influence physical health. One biologist thinks he has an answer
"What's the problem with being influenced by all that? After all, isn't blissful part of being blissfully ignorant?" Indicators of popularity are pervasive i...