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Jeremy Adam Smith The year’s most popular articles about the “science of a meaningful life”

At a recent retreat for the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, one of our advisors looked at a list of our most popular articles to date. “This is all over the place,” he said, referring to the diversity of topics and approaches.

I replied that this is a feature, not … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith What does prejudice reveal about what it means to be human?

The questions raised by racism and xenophobia go straight to the heart of what it means to be human, for they involve dehumanization. Prejudice means we implicitly embrace a definition of humanity that includes some — usually those who most resemble us — and excludes others.

That’s why Susan T. Fiske … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith Beyond cuddling: Five surprising ways Oxytocin shapes your social life

It’s been called the cuddle hormone, the holiday hormone, the moral molecule, and more—but new research suggests that oxytocin needs some new nicknames. Like maybe the conformity hormone, or perhaps the America-Number-One! molecule.

Where does this many-monikered neuropeptide come from? Scientists first found it in mothers, whose bodies flood with oxytocin … More >

Arthur Shimamura Experiencing Art: It’s a Whole-Brain Issue, Stupid!

We love art. We put it on our walls, we admire it at museums and on others’ walls, and if we’re inspired, we may even create it. Philosophers, historians, critics, and scientists have bandied about the reasons why we enjoy creating and beholding art, and each has … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith How love grows in your body

“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds,” wrote William Shakespeare in his 116th Sonnet. “O no! it is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.”

Nothing could be further from the truth, says the new science of romantic love.

Love is, first and foremost, an … More >

Christine Carter Wired to want stuff? Neuroscience can explain kids’ holiday gimmes

I’ll never forget a holiday moment a few years ago, when I found myself in a negotiation with my younger daughter over her gift list. (Which, by the way, I don’t believe in. In theory, I’ve never wanted my kids to make lists of things they want for Christmas and … More >

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