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Scientists unlock animal intelligence - They show empathy.

Scientists unlock animal intelligence - They show empathy. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

The more we study animals, the less special we seem. Baboons can distinguish between written words and gibberish. Monkeys seem to be able to do multiplication. Apes can delay instant gratification longer than a human child can. They plan ahead. They make war and peace. They show empathy.

 

Empathy isn't just for humans
It was once thought the control of emotions and the ability to empathise and socialise separated us from our primate cousins. But chimps console, and fight, each other. They also try to soothe an upset companion, grooming and putting their arms around him.

"I see plenty of empathy in my chimpanzees," de Waal said.

 

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Study Examines Empathy in the Veterinary Profession

Study Examines Empathy in the Veterinary Profession | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Is your vet empathetic toward your horse? Is she empathetic toward you? Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or understand what they’re going through from their perspective.

 

It can be a helpful trait for doctors so that they see their patients as fellow humans with complex emotional lives rather than just a list of conditions and symptoms to be treated.

Although their patients aren’t human, veterinarians can have empathy for the animals they treat, too. But a veterinary practice is about more than just treating animals; the owners of the animals being treated are part of the equation, and their concerns and perspective must be considered, too.

 

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Do Horses Feel Empathy?

Do Horses Feel Empathy? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Like primates, horses share many of the social and ethological characteristics believed to favor an ability to experience empathy.

 

Have you ever seen a horse quietly follow a calm buddy into the trailer but then become anxious when loaded alone? Or maybe you’ve been on a trail ride when one horse suddenly startles and spins, causing the others to startle as well.

 

These are examples of social buffering and emotional contagion—when one individual is affected by or shares the emotions of another—and provide evidence that horses possess the capacity for empathy.

 

 

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Do animals have empathy? 

Empathy is the ability to understand and share feelings. Only a handful of species have this trait, including humans. A recent scientific study might have uncovered evidence that tells us why we feel this emotion — and it’s all thanks to a rodent.
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Do animals have empathy?  

Empathy is the ability to understand and share feelings. Only a handful of species have this trait, including humans. A recent scientific study might have uncovered evidence that tells us why we feel this emotion — and it’s all thanks to a rodent.
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Empathy in Rats  

Whereas human pro-social behavior is often driven by empathic concern for another, it is unclear whether nonprimate mammals experience a similar motivational state. To test for empathically motivated pro-social behavior in rodents, we placed a free rat in an arena with a cagemate trapped in a restrainer.

 

After several sessions, the free rat learned to intentionally and quickly open the restrainer and free the cagemate. Rats did not open empty or object-containing restrainers. They freed cagemates even when social contact was prevented. When liberating a cagemate was pitted against chocolate contained within a second restrainer, rats opened both restrainers and typically shared the chocolate.

 

Thus, rats behave pro-socially in response to a conspecific's distress, providing strong evidence for biological roots of empathically motivated helping behavior.

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10 Amazing Displays Of Animal Empathy

10 Amazing Displays Of Animal Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Do animals have emotions? This is a bigger question than it might appear to be. When an animal feels and cares for someone beyond itself, it’s more than just a cute story to post on Facebook. It’s an insight into the nature of what they really are. Beyond even that, it might just be a glimpse into a redeeming part of our animal side that shows a basic decency that is built into the biology of life.

There are proven records of animals showing empathy. Several, in fact. Sometimes, animals take care of each other. Sometimes, they show outpourings of grief, and sometimes, they even take care of us. However they show it, though, there are several times when animals have shown empathy — and some of them are in ways that are so much like humans that they will shock you.

 

 

  • 10 A Chimpanzee Comforted Her Caretaker After A Miscarriage
  • 9 Elephants Gathered To Mourn A Conservationist’s Death
  • 8 Dogs Instinctively Comfort Crying Humans
  • 7 Chimpanzee Mother And Sister Took Care Of A Baby With Down’s Syndrome
  • 6 Rats Protect Each Other And Share Food
  • 4 Koko Cried For Her Pet Cat
  • 5 A Pride Of Lions Saved A Girl In Ethiopia
  • 3 Prairie Voles Console One Another When They Are Stressed
  • 2 Magpies Brought Grass For A Dead Friend
  • 1 Macaques Refuse Food If Others Get Hurt
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PETA sends schools humane-education kits after cat attacks: Instilling empathy in children 

PETA sends schools humane-education kits after cat attacks: Instilling empathy in children  | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Instilling empathy in children and teaching them to respect others, human and non-human alike, is vital," said PETA director

 

A spokesman for PETA said: “PETA’s educational materials are designed to help children of all ages recognise the importance of compassion and empathy for all living beings.

 

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Book Review: Entangled Empathy, An alternative ethic for our relationships with Animals, by Lori Gruen

Book Review: Entangled Empathy, An alternative ethic for our relationships with Animals, by Lori Gruen | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Essentially, Entangled Empathy is a rallying cry to abandon ridged ethical principles when dealing with animals and move to a more empathic model.

 

To do this we have to recognize that we already have complex relationships with animals and when it comes to their welfare a one size fits all solution can actually be harmful.

There is a lot of merit to what Gruen is talking about in Entangled Empathy; however, the execution leaves a little be desired. There are some rally quite interesting models used to prove ethical points (such as the man and the children on the subway); however these are not expanded upon with any great new insights. Rather they are broken down to component parts and never put back together again.

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Rats feel empathy for other rats, unless they're on antidepressants

Rats feel empathy for other rats, unless they're on antidepressants | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

A 2011 study found that when a free rat came in contact with a rat trapped in a container, the free rat was empathically motivated to release the distressed rat from its cell. But a new study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, noted that a rat put in a similar scenario but given an anti-anxiety medication, was less likely to free its trapped peer.

Both studies were led in part by Peggy Mason, professor of neurobiology from the University of Chicago. In the most recent study, Mason discovered that rats given the antidepressant midazolam were less likely to free a fellow rat from a locked compartment, but would, however, open the same restrainer device when it contained chocolate instead. The drug dampened a test rat's emotional connection with a distressed peer, but did not limit its physical ability to open the container if it so chose to.

 

Basically, the free rat acted like an self-centered, cocoa-fueled jerkwad. 

 

By Chris Plante

 

 

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Do Dogs Feel Empathy? 

Do Dogs Feel Empathy?  | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
When one person yawns, its not uncommon for someone else to follow suit. The same goes for laughing or smiling. This involuntary mimicry of another person is known as “emotional contagion,” and is thought to be evidence for a basic form of empathy, as one person is able to experience what another is feeling.

 

Now, it seems, dogsmay do this too as they have been found to involuntarily mimic other dogs while playing. The researchers claim that this gives further proof that dogs are very likely empathetic.

We know that dogs can and do mimic their owners, as shown when canines catch their human’s yawn. But the new research, published in Royal Society Open Science, has found that dogs do the same with other dogs in what the scientists think is an attempt at bonding. 

 

 

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Oakland TLC Program Teaches At-Risk Kids Empathy Toward Animals

Oakland TLC Program Teaches At-Risk Kids Empathy Toward Animals | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Selected students spend the first four weeks of the program in a school classroom for two hours a day after school. There, they engage in positive-reinforcement lessons and exercises that help teach them empathy and compassion for living creatures.

 

During the final four weeks of the program, students are divided into pairs and teamed with a shelter dog, who they actually get to train.

“Creating that student-dog bond is absolutely vital,” says Kurup. “Many of the dogs have backgrounds that are similar to those of the students — some have been abused, others neglected or abandoned.”

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Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids.

Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Human beings create arbitrary barriers to exclude beings who aren’t like them. Human beings have justified their wars, slavery, sexual violence, and military conquests with the mistaken belief that those who are “different” do not experience suffering and are not worthy of moral consideration.

 

As an educator, you have a chance to teach your students that all animals—whether a rat, a pig, a dog, or a child—feel pain, happiness, and fear and want to live.

 

Teaching empathy and compassion for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will grow up to be cruel to other kids.

 

We know, for example, that many violent offenders, including many serial killers, started out harming animals before moving on to humans.

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Study: Empathy towards animals and people: the role of gender and length of service in a sample of Italian vets

Study: Empathy towards animals and people: the role of gender and length of service in a sample of Italian vets | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Empathy plays an important role in interpersonal relationships and it also shapes the relationship between human and non-human species, affecting the way animals are treated and cared for.

Veterinarians play a key role in regard to animal welfare and, especially in companion animal practice, they have to care for "non-human patients" as well as for "human clients", showing sensitivity and empathy towards both. However, empathy in veterinary professionals has received very little attention so far.

This study investigated empathy towards animals and people in veterinarians, assessing whether and to what extent they are influenced by variables such as gender and length of service. In fact, these variables have been reported to affect empathy in a variety of caring professions.
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Study: Empathy with Animals and with Humans: Are They Linked?

Study: Empathy with Animals and with Humans: Are They Linked? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
sample of 514 adults completed a postal questionnaire measuring both their empathy with humans (using the Mehrabian and Epstein (1972) Questionnaire for the Measurement of Emotional Empathy) and their empathy with non-human animals (using the Animal Empathy Scale, developed for this study).

 

There was a significant, but modest correlation between the two scales (Kendall's tau=0.26, p<0.001), indicating that although the two types of empathy measure are in some way linked, they are unlikely to tap a single, unitary construct. 

 

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Do Dogs Have Empathy for Other Dogs in Distress?

Do Dogs Have Empathy for Other Dogs in Distress? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
We already have lots of data which shows that dogs read the emotions of familiar humans and show empathy and soothing behavior to people when they can (click here or here for more about that). Although we do know that dogs can form true friendships with other dogs (click here to read about that) it is strange to find that there has been little research on whether dogs actually show empathy for other dogs.

 

However some recent research from a team of investigators headed by Mylene Quervel-Chaumette from the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Vienna has now provided data showing that dogs do interpret and respond to signs of stress in other dogs, particularly those dogs that they are most familiar with. This research was published in the journal PLoS One.

 

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Do animals have empathy?  

Empathy is the ability to understand and share feelings. Only a handful of species have this trait, including humans. A recent scientific study might have uncovered evidence that tells us why we feel this emotion — and it’s all thanks to a rodent.
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Georgina Allen: Happiness is a State of Mind – changing behaviours through empathy

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Animals with disabilities teach children about empathy, compassion

Animals with disabilities teach children about empathy, compassion | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue brought its non-equine rescues to Highland Acres to teach about the superpowers of empathy and compassion.

"By having the animals in, it's easier for them to make that connection between what is a bully, what is bullying and, with the animals here, how can it hurt them?" said Shannon Chaussee, Highland Acres teacher.

It wasn't just four-legged friends that did the teaching. Bullying survivor Kelsey Schulz described how her experiences with bullying affected her life.

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Jane Goodall and How We Can Change Our Lifestyle, shared by London Real

Jane Goodall and How We Can Change Our Lifestyle, shared by London Real | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Brian Rose of London Real shares an insightful hour with Jane discussing how we may improve our world with empathy and minimized consumption. Jane begins by sharing the encouragement and love from her mother which urged her to live her dreams. What follows is an extraordinary conversation discussing her life and our role as change-makers in society. All in all one awesome interview.

 

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10 Amazing Displays Of Animal Empathy

10 Amazing Displays Of Animal Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Do animals have emotions? This is a bigger question than it might appear to be. When an animal feels and cares for someone beyond itself, it’s more than just a cute story to post on Facebook. It’s an insight into the nature of what they really are.

 

Beyond even that, it might just be a glimpse into a redeeming part of our animal side that shows a basic decency that is built into the biology of life.

 

There are proven records of animals showing empathy. Several, in fact. Sometimes, animals take care of each other. Sometimes, they show outpourings of grief, and sometimes, they even take care of us. However they show it, though, there are several times when animals have shown empathy—and some of them are in ways that are so much like humans that they will shock you.

 

Mark Oliver

 

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Anti-anxiety medication limits empathetic behavior in rats - The University of Chicago Medicine

Anti-anxiety medication limits empathetic behavior in rats - The University of Chicago Medicine | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Rats given midazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, were less likely to free trapped companions because the drug lessened their empathy, according to a new study by University of Chicago neuroscientists.

The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, validates studies that show rats are emotionally motivated to help other rats in distress. In the latest study, rats treated with midazolam did not open the door to a restrainer device containing a trapped rat, although control rats routinely freed their trapped companions. Midazolam did not interfere with the rats' physical ability to open the restrainer door, however. In fact, when the restrainer device contained chocolate instead of a trapped rat, the test rats routinely opened the door. The findings show that the act of helping others depends on emotional reactions, which are dampened by the anti-anxiety medication.
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Animal Heroes 2 | Animal Helps dan Saves Others Animal | Try To Watch This Without Crying

Very Emotional, The animal heroes. Animal helps and saves other animals. helps and saves each others, Try to watch this without crying. A Restoring faith i
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Ft. McMurray’s animals and the evolution of human empathy

Ft. McMurray’s animals and the evolution of human empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

 

The growing attachment to household animals may be selective in some cases – doggy birthday parties don’t advance the cause of animal rights appreciably – but anyone who develops a deep relationship with a pet is well-placed to extend that empathy to other creatures, including other humans.

 

 

It’s no coincidence that the animal-rights movement that has campaigned for better conditions in factory farms, slaughterhouses, zoos and marine parks has made breakthroughs at the same time the attachment to household animals has strengthened. We abhor the confinement of elephants, or the tedium suffered by a performing orca or the casual cruelties of a mismanaged abattoir, because we have figured out, unlike most of our distant ancestors, that these creatures are indeed suffering, that their suffering is real, and that we have the responsibility to stop it.

 

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Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming

Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

The Association For

  1. Empathy Trainers who have similar and common interests, activities and concerns about teaching empathy.
  2. Mutual promotion of the welfare of all it’s members.
  3. Protect and advance mutual interests.
  4. Set and maintain standards.
  5. Promote social, advertising and political action to get communities, organizations, businesses and government to support empathy training programs.
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Benefits for Members

  • Access to training curriculum from other members.
  • Share training materials and resources.
  • A directory of empathy trainers that prospective clients can access. For Clients - If you're looking for a trainer you have a place to go 
  • Offer business support and leads to members. 
  • Discussion forums listservs.
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Animal smarts: A Q&A with primatologist Frans de Waal

Animal smarts: A Q&A with primatologist Frans de Waal | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
We do a lot of studies on empathy in animals, and we found that they are affected by the mood states and emotions of others. This is getting close to human morality, the basis of which is that we empathize and care about others.

 

Chimps are not into reasoning or justification like we are, but they have the core –what the philosopher David Hume called the moral sentiments. There’s an enormous amount of psychological continuity between humans and our close animal relatives: compassion, empathy, sympathy, reciprocity, cooperation, a sense of fairness and justice.

What’s a good example of moral behavior in animals?

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