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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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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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