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Morality: It's not just for humans

Morality: It's not just for humans | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
A new study suggests chimpanzees may show some of the same sensibility about fairness that humans do.

 

Mammals such as wolves, orcas and elephants need their groups to survive, and empathy and cooperation are survival mechanisms. De Waal discusses these mechanisms in his 2009 book "The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society."

 

"We think that empathy evolved to take care of others that you need to take care of, especially, of course, between mother and offspring, which is universal in all the mammals," de Waal said.

 

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

 

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Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer

Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Yes, even rats have feelings. Here’s how we know.


Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats....


The study, published in Science in 2011, was a breakthrough. If rats were capable of basic forms of empathy, then perhaps empathy was common — or even universal — among mammals. Studying animal empathy could give us insight into how human empathy evolved. ("I consider myself just a fancy rat," Mason told me.)


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Such an important topic, especially when we think of the lack of empathy that many humans have for animals.
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When hurt, rodents may console each other: neural mechanisms underlying empathetic responses

When hurt, rodents may console each other:  neural mechanisms underlying empathetic responses | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Young said his research points to a potential role for oxytocin in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, though more work is needed. “

We now have the opportunity to explore in detail the neural mechanisms underlying empathetic responses in a laboratory rodent with clear implications for humans.”

According to study co-author Frans de Waal, who first discovered animal consolation behavior in chimpanzees in 1979, the findings also shed new light on the range of animals that feel empathy, and how empathy is separate from complex cognition.


Scientists have been reluctant to attribute empathy to animals, often assuming selfish motives,” he said.


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When hurt, rodents may console each other: The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin

When hurt, rodents may console each other: The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin, which promotes maternal bonding and feelings of love among humans, too.  


Dogs, dolphins and elephants are known to show empathy when a loved one is in pain, and now researchers have found the first consoling behavior in a rodent, known as the prairie vole.

Researchers say the findings, published Thursday in the US journal Science, could help scientists better understand human disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, in which a person's ability to sense the emotions of others is disrupted.

The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin, which promotes maternal bonding and feelings of love among humans, too.

Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University created an experiment in which they isolated prairie voles -- dark rodents which mate in long-term monogamous pairs and raise their offspring together -- from others they knew.

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Prairie Voles Show Empathy Just Like Humans

Prairie Voles Show Empathy Just Like Humans | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Until now, consolation has only been observed in relatively large brained animals—apes, elephants, dogs, and some large birds.


This study shows for the first time, however, that animals as small as rodents are capable of empathetic behaviors that extend beyond just ensuring their offspring survive, to actually helping others around them that are in need.


“Consolation might be present in many more animal species than was previously thought,” says James Burkett, a neuroscientist at Emory University and lead author of the study...


“This does not mean animals experience empathy in the same way we do, but the basic foundation for empathy and consolation may be present in many more species than once thought.”


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Compassion and empathy research institutions must include all sentient beings in their missions

Compassion and empathy research institutions must include all sentient beings in their missions | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

As such, I was particularly heartened to hear last week that an open letter has been sent to 12 leading institutions, including those cited above, to overcome their blind spot concerning nonhuman animals. The Vegan Society’s Research Advisory Committee members, Dr Richard Twine and Dr Kay Peggs are among more than 30 social scientists from the UK, US and Australia who have signed an open letter urging 12 leading institutions whose work focuses on empathy and compassion to overcome their apparent disregard of nonhuman animals. ...


The idea for the letter was developed by vegan psychotherapist and social worker Beth Levine and underlines ways in which cultural norms position nonhuman animals either as commodities to be exploited for our pleasure, or as having interests 'less than' those of humans.


It also highlights the negative impact these social norms have not only on nonhuman animals, but ourselves and the societies we live in:

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Dogs Mimic Their Pals' Playful Behaviors: emotional contagion, a basic form of empathy

Dogs Mimic Their Pals' Playful Behaviors: emotional contagion, a basic form of empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
While playing, dogs mimic their furry pals more often than they copy strangers — a behavior that could reveal more about how dogs became man's best friend, researchers say.

Mimicking behavior may underlie what scientists call emotional contagion, a basic form of empathy where one shares others' emotions.


In people, chimpanzees, orangutans and other primates, emotional contagion is linked to facial mimicry, a fast automatic response where they involuntarily mimic others' expressions.


Like primates, dogs are social animals — they use their eyes, lips, teeth, heads, tails and bodies in communicative ways. As such, researchers wanted to see if dogs also experienced rapid mimicry. 


by Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor

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New study pinpoints why dogs are good at sensing emotions: show basic signs of empathy.

New study pinpoints why dogs are good at sensing emotions:  show basic signs of empathy. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

New research has found that dogs can mimic the expressions of people and other dogs, and show basic signs of empathy.


They are known as 'man’s best friend', and new research from Italy is attempting to prove that statement has more scientific evidence to support it than we might think.

According to a study by the Royal Society Open Science, dogs can instantly mimic each other’s facial expressions, as well as that of their owners and other humans they interact with.

As part of the research, 49 dogs were filmed playing in a dog park - with their playful behaviour noted in various forms: such as when a dog keeps its mouth open and relaxed, or when it crouches on its front legs and wags its tail.

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Study: Dogs Exhibit Signs Of Basic Empathy

Study: Dogs Exhibit Signs Of Basic Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Researchers have determined that dogs involuntarily mimic others' expressions--a basic building block of empathy. Dogs may exhibit signs of empathy, according to a group of Italian researchers. Publishing in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the researchers claim that canines are capable of both rapid mimicry and emotional contagion.


According to the study, "Emotional contagion is a basic form of empathy that makes individuals able to experience others’ emotions. In human and non-human primates, emotional contagion can be linked to facial mimicry, an automatic and fast response...in which individuals involuntary mimic others’ expressions." Lead author, Elisabetta Palagi,

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Empathy In Dog Training - “the capacity to place oneself in another’s position”

Empathy In Dog Training - “the capacity to place oneself in another’s position” | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

When I started working with dogs many, many years ago, empathy in dog training was not a phrase that was typically used in conjunction with the training of dogs...


Empathy in dog training is the ability to understand the effect our actions have on our dogs and then to change what we do for the better.  This is empathy and yes, it most certainly has a place in dog training.


A client of mine has written a piece on empathy in dog training for her blog, it’s worth a read.  http://unimenta2.dsm.pw/?p=1867


One area of research that has attracted attention is whether dogs feel empathy or not. More information on this can be found here.https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201206/canine-empathy-your-dog-really-does-care-if-you-are-unhappy

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Empathy No Longer Divides Humans And Chimps. What Now?

Empathy No Longer Divides Humans And Chimps. What Now? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

New research shows that the gulf that separates us humans from our evolutionary cousins is quite narrow. How do we reconcile with the fact that the Chimps are closer to humans than we had ever imagined?...


Mirror neurons are the neurological basis of empathy. They are very much there in our evolutionary cousins – Chimpanzees.


The mirror neurons dissolve boundaries of the small ‘I’ and expand awareness to others. It is this ability and movement to transcend the narrow self that has brought out all the evolution, and it most probably knows no species barriers (which we have erected in our arrogance).


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For the First Time Ever, Scientists Observed Chimpanzees Caring For a Disabled Infant

For the First Time Ever, Scientists Observed Chimpanzees Caring For a Disabled Infant | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Does this provide evidence that chimpanzees are empathetic?


While chimpanzees are humans closest living relatives, we must not confuse their gentle side for empathy. Caring for their disabled does not provide evidence that they understand another individual’s emotional state—the definition of empathy.

“Although I don’t think this study showed anything about empathy, I do think there is strong evidence for it in chimpanzees,” he said.


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Are Animals Empathetic?

When Koko the gorilla heard about the recent death of Robin Williams, she broke down and cried. Are animals capable of being empathetic? Tara explains how a few different types of animals are capable of feeling the same emotions as humans!
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Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer

Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Yes, even rats have feelings. Here’s how we know.


Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats....


The study, published in Science in 2011, was a breakthrough. If rats were capable of basic forms of empathy, then perhaps empathy was common — or even universal — among mammals. Studying animal empathy could give us insight into how human empathy evolved. ("I consider myself just a fancy rat," Mason told me.)


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Such an important topic, especially when we think of the lack of empathy that many humans have for animals.
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PETA Hopes to Turn 'Silence of the Lambs' House into 'Empathy Museum' - Breitbart

PETA Hopes to Turn 'Silence of the Lambs' House into 'Empathy Museum' - Breitbart | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is hoping to turn the infamous torture house used by Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs into an “empathy museum” where visitors can wear the skins of dead and abused animals.
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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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Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy

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Larry Young from Emory University, who studies prairie voles, has seen this behavior again and again. To him, it's a sign that the rodents are showing empathy.

Such claims have proven controversial in the past. For example, in 2012, scientists at the University of Chicago showed that rats will free trapped cage-mates, even if they have to sacrifice a bit of chocolate to do so. The researchers billed these rescues as evidence of empathy—that “rats free their cagemate in order to end distress.”


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Dogs are experts at reading human EMOTIONS: how dogs seem able to show empathy.

Dogs are experts at reading human EMOTIONS:  how dogs seem able to show empathy. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Dogs can read human emotions: Canines recognise when people are feeling happy or sad, even if they've never met them 


  • Scientists tested dogs' ability to read the emotions of human strangers 
  • They were able to combine facial expressions with the tone of voice
  • Dogs were also highly attuned to detecting emotions in other canines
  • Results prove dogs recognise emotions in all humans not just their owners



Scientists believe they have unravelled just how dogs seem able to show empathy.


It is because they are able to rapidly mimic or 'catch' emotions, research suggests.
 

In humans, it has been shown that when experiencing empathy, humans tend to mirror or mimic the emotional expression of the person they are engaging with.
 

Now researchers led by Elisabetta Palagi, of the University of Pisa have found that dogs possess a key 'building-block of empathy' - being able to mimic emotional behaviour in other dogs.
 


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By Fiona Macrae, Science Editor For The Daily Mail, 13.01.2016


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LOS PERROS SON EXPERTOS EN LEER LAS EMOCIONES HUMANAS - LOS CIENTÍFICOS CREEN HABER DESENTRAÑADO CÓMO LOS PERROS PARECEN SER CAPACES DE MOSTRAR EMPATÍA .ELLOS RECONOCEN CUÁNDO UNA PERSONA SE SIENTE TRISTE O FELIZ AUNQUE NUNCA LA HAYAN VISTO ANTES.

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Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Too: dogs may be able to experience some form of empathy

Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Too: dogs may be able to experience some form of empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

The behavioral findings hint that dogs, like humans, might be capable of their own form of empathy


Now Palagi and her colleagues have found that it’s not just humans and our close relatives who experience these empathy-building benefits. For the first time, they have demonstrated that dogs use rapid mimicry with other dogs to reinforce social bonds and get on the same playful wavelength.....


The findings hint that dogs may be able to experience some form of empathy, but more studies will be needed to explore that hypothesis. The researchers also hope to perform a similar study in wolves so they can investigate whether mimicry is a phenomenon found generally in canines, or if it developed particularly in dogs as part of the domestication process.


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People can Learn how to Empathize with Strangers, Study Says

People can Learn how to Empathize with Strangers, Study Says | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

People can be taught how to empathize with strangers, a new study concluded.


For this study, the researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland set out to examine if empathy can be learned and if positive experiences with others can affect that learning process.


The team, which was made up of psychologist and neuroscientist Grit Hein, Philippe Tobler, Jan Engelmann and Marius Vollberg, measured their participants' brain activity when they experienced different situations with other people.


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Canine copycats can mirror other dogs' emotions: dogs may be showing a basic built-in form of empathy

Canine copycats can mirror other dogs' emotions: dogs may be showing a basic built-in form of empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Dogs can copy each other's expressions in a split-second just like people, showing signs of basic empathy, according to Italian researchers. 


Mimicking each other's facial expressions is a human habit, which helps people to get along. Dogs do the same to bond with other dogs, scientists report in the journal, Royal Society Open ScienceThey think dogs may be showing a basic built-in form of empathy, enabling them to pick up on emotions.


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Daniel the Spaniel: The dog that broke the internet

Daniel the Spaniel: The dog that broke the internet | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

 The dog that broke the internet: Daniel the Spaniel becomes online sensation after guest appearance on BBC News

  • Daniel the Spaniel appeared on programme today with owner Deena Selby 
  • Featured on story about research relating to canines and 'basic empathy'
  • Within minutes,Twitter had gone into meltdown over the adorable pet
  • Viewers compared him to Kim Kardashian who 'broke internet' last year

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Monkeys DO show empathy, finds study

Monkeys DO show empathy, finds study | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Monkeys DO show empathy: Macaques make more eye contact when acting 'kindly' and care about how their peers are feeling
  • French researchers paired up monkeys to study empathetic behaviour
  • Experiment involved treats of juice and punishing 'airpuffs'
  • It showed most macaques chose to reward partners and not punish them
  • Suggests take the welfare of friends into account when making decisions


Now scientists have shown that the creatures also seemingly show empathy - a characteristic thought to be almost uniquely human.


The new study suggests macaque monkeys take the welfare of their friends into account when making behaviour choices that could reward or punish their peers. 


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(Animal Empathy) Measuring empathy in non-human animals: examples from dog studies

Empathy: A Bridge across Species: A workshop. May 6, 2015. Afternoon Session. First Talk. Ludwig Huber (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna): Measuring ...


LIKE ME: THE EVOLUTIONARY AND NEURO-COGNITIVE BASIS OF THE LINK BETWEEN IMITATION, EMPATHY AND PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN DOGS AND HUMANS

http://www.wwtf.at/projects/research_projects/details/index.php?PKEY=2106_DE_O


https://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/en/messerli/science/cognition/staff/ludwig-huber/


Analogical reasoning in keas, ravens and pigeons

http://cogcom.univie.ac.at/research-projects/prof-ludwig-huber/


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Dogs Teach Empathy, Prevent Bullying to At-Risk Youth in NYC Schools

Dogs Teach Empathy, Prevent Bullying to At-Risk Youth in NYC Schools | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

For many at-risk youth in New York City, violence and crime is an inescapable fact of life.

But Audrey Hendler is hoping to change that, with the help of about 25 four-legged teaching assistants.

In 2010, Hendler launched A Fair Shake for Youth, a program that brings therapy dogs into middle schools in under-served communities of New York City to teach children empathy and responsibility and help prevent bullying.

Hendler, a certified dog trainer and Canine Good Citizen evaluator, previously worked with Puppies Behind Bars, through which inmates in maximum- and minimum-security prisons helped socialize future working K-9s and service dogs for wounded war veterans.


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Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 22, 2015 9:00 PM

I hope this article provides insight on how to confront student issues as an educational leader.

 

This article is beneficial to me because so many students at my current school struggle with empathy. This program could be useful to our school. I definitely want to keep this article in my back pocket.

Erin Ryan's curator insight, October 24, 2015 6:43 PM

I love involving students with dogs for so many reasons. This year, we are using the trained dogs to help keep school drug free. It is not a like a huge police raid. The dog servicing our building what brought in for students to meet. We learned about and say him "perform" in an assembly. He was introduced in a non-threatening way as more of a liaison for keeping our school safe. Using animals to educate is a great way to teach students empathy, responsibility and increase confidence. In this article, I interrupted the program to target 12 kids specifically who were in need of skills building relating to bullying and school safety. An administrator would need to be pretty creative with scheduling as missed instructional time in core content areas is difficult. The impact however could be substantial to student's emotional and social growth.

Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 24, 2015 9:35 PM

I scooped this article because it involves dogs and children.  I firmly believe that animals can be calming and reassuring for students who are at-risk.  This article is the start of an awesome program that I hope grows and spreads across the country.  I hope that others who read this article will be open-minded enough to realize that dogs, and other animals even, can play an important role in helping students as they grow.  I hope that staff members realize that we are educating the whole child at school now, and not just offering an academic education. 

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Animal Empathy - Depends on the Animal **

Animal Empathy - Depends on the Animal ** | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another's shoes.


Elephants

Asian elephants have just been added to the list of animals that show tremendous concern for others. A study in the journal PeerJ found that when an Asian elephant detects that another is stressed out, it uses its trunk to gently caress the suffering elephant and emits a sweet-sounding chirp.

Ravens

Mice

Rats

Gorillas

Crows

Oranguatans

Cats and Dogs


http://news.discovery.com/animals/elephants-added-to-list-of-animals-that-show-empathy-140218.htm



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