Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough is a professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego and the author of 'The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code.'

The Sorry State of Political Apologies

The Sorry State of Political Apologies

Last summer’s George Floyd protests ignited a firestorm of political apologies that continues to blaze. Across the country, local officials from Greensboro to Glendale have been issuing formal statements of apology for historic injustices against African-Americans and other minority groups. Sad to say, most of these apologies won’t

Michael McCullough
Michael McCullough
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Can We Boost Empathy Through Perspective-Taking?

Can We Boost Empathy Through Perspective-Taking?

Are humans hardwired for compassion? Glancing over my bookshelves, titles such as Born to Be Good, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Altruistic Brain remind me that many of my scientific colleagues answer this question with an enthusiastic “yes.” Each of these books, in its own way, teaches that the animal

Michael McCullough
Michael McCullough
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Psychology