Altruism

Trying To Do Good

It’s always better to help someone than not, right? We begin this episode in a virtual classroom. Several years ago Kellie Gillespie took an online course in social psychology, taught by Scott Plous of Wesleyan University. Hundreds of thousands of other people enrolled in the same online course. Kellie and More

The Pacific Standard Guide to Gift Giving

If you clicked on the headline to this story, one thing is obvious: You really saved your Christmas shopping until the last minute. That said, here are a few well-researched tips that might come in handy as you start swiping that credit card: — Don’t Feel Too Bad If You More

The Science of Compassion

Plenty of people learn about ideas in psychology, but Kellie Gillespie, a writer based in London, did something unusual. She took what she had learned in the class, and applied it in her own life. “My life changed after doing Professor Plous’ course,” Kellie says. The course was in social More