faceBeing able to control one’s emotions is a skill many value or even covet. New research summarized by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center suggests that emotional intelligence, people’s ability to recognize what they’re feeling and control it, can have two faces — both good and bad.

Of the two experiments given, both had a survey which assessed how well participants could exhibit “emotion regulation,” which is (pretty much just what it sounds like) how well can you control your emotions in certain situations.

The first experiment established the participants’ “moral identity” read more »


As much fun we have with all the downer lit in Berkeley classes, (cough, Dostoevsky, cough) it’s refreshing to know that once in a while, someone in Berkeley sees the glass as half full. And this time, the optimist won more than just happiness–she earned herself an award.

Christine Carter, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, just won the Council on Contemporary Families’ 2010 Award for Online Coverage of read more »

That’s quite a headline, eh? It’s even better as the title of the Summer Issue of Greater Good Magazine, in which some of academia’s great scientists explore the subject of racism and ways to overcome it. UC Berkeley professors Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton and Jennifer A. Chatman make appearances in the issue, discussing achievement gaps and workplace prejudice, respectively. Mendoza-Denton even provides a nostalgic visual of the DNA structure in front of the Lawrence Hall of Science.

So, are we born racist? The answer involves hard looks at neural responses in the amygdala, our emotional center. But considering Greater Good is published right here at Cal and aspires to highlight “ground breaking scientific research into the roots of compassion and altruism,” we assume the answer, if “yes,” is still quite hopeful.

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Greater Good Magazine – Summer 2008 [Greater Good]