Earlier this summer Lynn Johnson, a photo journalist with National Geographic, visited The Avielle Foundation. Lynn was working with journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee on an article investigating the science of behavior, specifically what makes us violent and compassionate. They traveled the country interviewing and photographing experts studying violence and compassion as well as those who have shown extraordinary altruism through their actions. Their plan was to release the article later this fall. The events in Charlottesville, VA expedited the publication of the article.
This weekends tragedy is an amplified reminder that violence is an ignored public health epidemic. The article highlights the importance of our mission, to prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education.