Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them In 2016, researchers stumbled on a radical tactic for reducing another person’s bigotry: a frank, brief conversation. The study, authored by David Broockman at … Continue reading How to reduce racism
The importance of being alone in the digital era Being alone has many benefits. It grants freedom in thought and action. It boosts creativity. It offers a terrain for the imagination to roam. Solitude also enriches our connections with others … Continue reading The background of cognitive processing
When Jealousy and Empathy Collide in the Brain You know that friend who always tells funnier stories than you do, or the colleague at work who got the promotion you were in line for? Be honest — how much sympathy … Continue reading How empathy works
What Technology Can’t Change About Happiness In 2014, researchers at the University of Warwick in England announced they had found a strong association between a gene mutation identified with happiness and well-being. It’s called 5-HTTLPR and it affects the way … Continue reading Is relationship with people the key to happiness?
Extreme altruism: should you care for strangers at the expense of your family? For many years, Julia Wise wondered if she would ever meet another person who thought as she did. Everyone she knew thought her ideas about morality were … Continue reading Are you a do-gooder?
Rethinking Work How satisfied are we with our jobs? Gallup regularly polls workers around the world to find out. Its survey last year found that almost 90 percent of workers were either “not engaged” with or “actively disengaged” from their … Continue reading How to make you satisfied with your job
Empathy: Overrated? In 2006, then-senator Barack Obama gave a commencement speech offering what seemed like very sensible advice. “There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit,” he told Northwestern’s graduating class. “But I think we should … Continue reading Do we really live in the Age of Empathy?