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Extraordinary Altruism: Who Gives a Kidney to a Stranger?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Making a living kidney donation is not risk-free, which is why it's called extraordinary altruism. Fewer than one in 10,000 people take such a step, so it's been almost impossible to study the social and psychological precursors of this action. Until now.

Link Between Crime & Chilly Weather Is Complex, Controversial

| Andrea Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Heat gets a bad rap for fueling human hostility. But what's the deal when the mercury drops? The cold effect has been somewhat less studied, although...

No Conflict: Transparency and Morals

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

considerable evidence suggests that mandatory disclosure can backfire, harming rather than helping the consumer. Consumers don't act on such information, and advisors -- feeling morally licensed by their righteous act -- actually become more biased in dispensing advice.

Reading Study Highlights Big Advantage Of Highbrow Literature

| Kelly Servick | Posted 10.06.2013 | Science

Fifty Shades of Grey may be a fun read, but it’s not going to help you probe the minds of others the way War and Peace might. That’s the conclusio...

To Do or Not to Do, That Is the Question

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Axelle Tessandier

As meaning provokes happiness and not the other way around, I wonder if we should not learn to just be first. Having the wisdom of feeling that already being is already an achievement. You do not have to do to deserve to be here.

How Valuing Time Differently Makes You More Charitable: Report

CNN | Posted 06.21.2013 | Impact

(CNN) -- June 21 is the longest day of the year. Yes, from now on, we'll lose a few minutes of daylight each day. Before that panicked feeling of tim...

What Are We Adults Telling Ourselves About Boston?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

As passenger airline guidance directs us to attend to the children first, so the media daily news programs present all manner of counselors to advise dialogue for parents to calm children about the horrors in Boston. What about the adults?

WATCH: Joplin Boy With Autism Saved Family From Tornado, Said 'I Love You' For First Time

Posted 05.23.2012 | Impact

"I hear the horns." Those were the four words with which Maddox Prier, a nine year old with autism, woke his family before the EF-5 tornado struck ...

Five Ways Our Need To Fit In Controls Us

Michael Taft | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

As a society, we Westerners exalt individualism and self-reliance, and yet our biology moves us in other directions. Humans evolved as social animals, and we posses a number of behaviors that motivate us towards group conformity.

Social Networking: The Endgame of Natural Communication

Dori Hartley | Posted 03.27.2012 | Technology
Dori Hartley

Social networking is about having an audience and being an audience. You make friends for entertainment purposes. It feels good. And then it becomes a lifestyle, an addiction.

The Quality of Mercy

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

The church that's my current spiritual home is putting together a short devotional booklet for the upcoming season. And, yes, in case you're wondering...

The Phrases That Cancel Us Out

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Words can either deliberately direct us to a more whole, present way of being alive, or words can degrade and delete the human chain of connection, entirely.

Reality Health Care Bill

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

We heard a lot of hoopla on Sunday night, but what do we really have in the health care bill? With all those runaway mentions of amendments, what do we really have?