Finding solidarity in disaster

Yet that does not mean that gov­ern­ment policy is unim­por­tant. Daniel Aldrich, a polit­ical sci­en­tist, showed that in a series of Asian dis­as­ters, vil­lages with stronger and more par­tic­i­pa­tory local […]

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The kindness cure

How do you cul­ti­vate com­pas­sion? How do you ensure that at the end of the day, it’s your kind­ness and gen­erosity for which you’ll be remem­bered? It’s a good question, […]

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What happened to ISIS’s leader?

As North­eastern Uni­ver­sity ter­rorism scholar Max Abrahms notes, the removal of ter­rorist leaders often means more civilian deaths as a result of weak­ened lead­er­ship and the del­e­ga­tion of deci­sions to […]

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Hard feelings: Science’s struggle to define emotions

Psy­chology is really exper­i­mental phi­los­ophy,” says Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, a uni­ver­sity dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of psy­chology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, and the author of the forth­coming book How Emo­tions Are Made. Biology, […]

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Is ISIS’s social-​​media power exaggerated?

Max Abrahms, a political-​​​​science pro­fessor and ter­rorism spe­cialist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, sus­pects the number is lower than many people believe. “There are other groups”—such as Boko Haram in Nigeria—“that have […]

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Donate your voice to charity

An esti­mated eight out of every 1,000 Amer­i­cans, or 2.5 mil­lion people, are severely speech-​​​​impaired due to a variety of con­di­tions: head injuries, con­gen­ital dis­or­ders like cere­bral palsy, or degenerative […]

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To kill a terrorist

A forth­coming paper from North­eastern University’s Max Abrahms and the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Philip Potter reports that lead­er­ship decap­i­ta­tion may increase civilian casu­al­ties. Mil­i­tant groups in the Afghanistan-​​​​Pakistan region, Abrahms […]

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