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Your Kindness Is Good for You

Why we could all use a little more self-examination.

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TV, Movies Can Inspire Altruism

But new research suggests it only occurs when people reflect upon what they’ve been watching.

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The Benefits of Wealth Inequality (and Why We Should Not Fear It)

Whether they are creating jobs or cooperation, new research backs up a positive role for the well-off—up to a point.

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Compassion Can Be Cultivated

New research suggests training designed to increase feelings of compassion can lead to more altruistic behavior.

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Need Help? Ask a Virtual Superman

New research finds people who flew in virtual reality were more eager to help later.

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Do the Arts Open Hearts?

New NEA-funded research finds a link between altruistic behavior and attending cultural events.

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Drowning in Good Intentions

Heroism is a virtue, but how do we keep water rescuers from becoming victims themselves?

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Brain Scientists Locate Home of Altruism

Swiss researchers report a connection between the size and activity of one specific part of the brain and the willingness to engage in selfless acts.

Benefits of Fatherhood Extend to the Community

New research finds fathering children leads men to behave in more altruistic ways.

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Quick Studies

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014