Jeremy Adam Smith
Jeremy Adam Smith edits the GGSC’s online magazine, Greater Good, and helps launch new products like Thnx4.org and Greater Good in Action. He is the author of The Daddy Shift, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls “amazing” and the New York Times praises as “a chronicle of a time that he predicts we will look back upon as the start of permanent change.” He also co-edited the collection Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood, as well as two Greater Good anthologies, Are We Born Racist? and The Compassionate Instinct.
Jeremy’s coverage of racial and economic segregation in San Francisco schools has won numerous honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting and the John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, Utne Reader, The Nation, Mindful, Wired, and many other periodicals, websites, and books. Jeremy has also been interviewed by The Today Show, the New York Times, USA Today, Working Mother, Nightline, ABC News, NBC News, the Globe and Mail, and numerous NPR shows about parenting and education. Before joining the GGSC, Jeremy was a 2010-11 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University.
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Stories by Jeremy Adam Smith
Most people think lying is wrong—unless it’s for a “good” cause. This may explain why Donald Trump gets away with it.
Articles: What’s Good about Lying?By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 8, 2017
New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.
Articles: Six Books We Overlooked in 2016By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 4, 2017
Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.
Articles: Our Best Education Articles of 2016By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 2, 2017
During the past year, Greater Good published a lot of exciting articles about teaching and schools. Here are some of the best.
Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.
A wave of studies in 2016 suggest that masculine ideals can hurt men's physical and mental health. But they also hint at a healthier aspiration for men.
Articles: Why We Need Empathy in the Age of TrumpBy Jeremy Adam Smith | November 11, 2016
Sociologist Arlie Hochschild explains why we need to understand people on the other side of the political divide—and how empathy can be a force for positive change.
The GOP candidate's "locker-room talk" points to a problem that is bigger than one election. How can parents and teachers build a culture of consent and healthy communication?
The research to date says yes—but only in certain conditions.
Articles: How to Stop the Racist in YouBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | July 27, 2016
The new science of bias suggests that we all carry prejudices within ourselves—and we all have the tools to keep them in check.
Articles: How Nature Helps Fathers NurtureBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Summer Allen | June 15, 2016
What biological forces could help explain why some fathers are more involved with children than others?
Articles: The Science of the StoryBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 8, 2016
We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why.
Articles: The Benefits of Feeling AweBy Jeremy Adam Smith | May 30, 2016
We talk with a researcher and a veteran at UC Berkeley to try to understand the impact of awe on well-being.
Teacher Appreciation Week is here, not a moment too soon. How can parents and students help teachers to see their own strengths?
New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
As Americans interview candidates for president, how can they make sure gender bias doesn't get in the way of hiring the right one?
Articles: Women, Power, and Hillary ClintonBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 24, 2016
Research suggests that Clinton’s election could increase women’s political power—but they’ll face the same pitfalls as their male counterparts.
Articles: The Subversive Power of the KissBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 11, 2016
A new wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.
Articles: How Fear Hurts UsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2015
In the wake of terrorist attacks, American politicians are stoking fear of Muslims. But there's another, better way to respond to violence, argues Jeremy Adam Smith
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.
A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.
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- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
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- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
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