Tackling tough topics from racism and bullying to Indigenous identity and the holocaust, young adult fiction can challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking. Pictured here, an illustration from ‘Skim’ by Mariko Tamaki, the fictional diary of a depressed Japanese-Canadian girl.
Five novels for young adults that boldly tackle tough issues - from racism, to Indigenous identity and the Holocaust - to cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and at home.
Reading fiction can make you happier, nicer towards others and better focused in your activities.
To counter the unbalanced effects of the digital age, reading literature is the key.
Sometimes a gift that might seem reasonable is no nicer than a stocking full of coal.
Sadly, people sometimes deliberately give bad presents.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children.
The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
Individuals wearing virtual reality headsets often look isolated. But research shows they can experience profound emotions such as awe, which enhance their feelings of social connection and wellbeing.
Research shows that virtual reality experiences can help social disconnection and improve wellness - by inspiring awe.
Charitable donors may share some common traits.
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Donors who support charitable causes have a 'taste' for giving, researchers found.
Taxpayers' money would be better spent on therapies that are proven to work.
World's major religions are concerned about moral behavior. What is the relationship between religious commitment and morality?
... and spend more time with their patients.
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Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
We’re less able to understand others if we ruminate on our own problems.
Having “been there”, we believe we know what it’s like to be our friends in trouble. But do we really?
Trolls tend to downplay the impact of their abusive online behaviour on their victims and seem to relish the mayhem they cause. Let’s use this to help them lift their game.
Trolls tend to know the impact they'll have, but don't seem to care. So, how do we use our new findings to help stop this seemingly pointless, harmful behaviour?
What exactly is outrage?
When outrage is misplaced or excessive, it can have negative consequences for a healthy public discourse.
We tend to consider certain people or roles as privileged and resilient.
If we want doctors to listen, be empathetic, solve complex problems, we need to invest seriously in their well-being.
The Wachowski sisters' TV series is a celebration of empathy and community.
A Unicef team creating a collaborative paper plane.
How do you teach empathy? Can it be in a way that foregrounds ancient, indigenous knowledge and practices? Design thinking might hold the answers.
Can moral sentiments be measured?
Asking people about morality and empathy may not yield sincere answers. Moral sentiments, can, indeed, be measured.
People protest at a demonstration in Market Square, in Cleveland. The demonstration was organized in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration order.
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A lot of moral outrage has been expressed lately – over Trump's travel ban and other issues. The expression of such outrage is more than a response to perceived injustice.
Why do we lack empathy in certain situations?
Research shows empathy itself does not have any limits. If it appears limited, it is because of people's goals, values and choices.
We must know people as they would like to be known, not as some dominant power has decided we shall know them.