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Be a Better Person: Take a Walk in the Park

New research from France finds strangers are more helpful if they’ve just strolled through a natural environment.

This Is Your Brain

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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?

 

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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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be To Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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