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Study: Trends in Neurosciences - Toward a cross-species understanding of empathy

Study: Trends in Neurosciences - Toward a cross-species understanding of empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Signs of empathy have been observed in many mammals, including laboratory rodents.

 

‘Primal empathy’ utilizes the seven basic emotional systems of the mammalian brain.

 

Affective neuroscience approaches can elucidate the underlying brain substrates.

 

Continued study of primal empathy in rodents will benefit mental health practices.

 

A neuro-evolutionary paradigm can illuminate how empathy is expressed in humans

 

Summary

Although signs of empathy have now been well documented in non-human primates, only during the past few years have systematic observations suggested that a primal form of empathy exists in rodents. Thus, the study of empathy in animals has started in earnest. Here we review recent studies indicating that rodents are able to share states of fear, and highlight how affective neuroscience approaches to the study of primary-process emotional systems can help to delineate how primal empathy is constituted in mammalian brains.

 

Cross-species evolutionary approaches to understanding the neural circuitry of emotional ‘contagion’ or ‘resonance’ between nearby animals, together with the underlying neurochemistries, may help to clarify the origins of human empathy.

 

Authors
Jaak Panksepp
Jules B. Panksepp

 

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The Leakey Foundation: Episode 18: Empathy

Empathy has long been considered a uniquely human trait, but it's an ability that has also been observed in apes and other animals. Primatologist Frans de Waal says that examples of empathy in non-human primates and other mammals suggest that empathy has a long evolutionary history in humans.

Frans de Waal is the C.H. Candler Professor of Psychology at Emory University where he directs the Living Links Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution. He’s the author of several books including The Age of Empathy, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

 

 

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ScienceTake | Elephant Empathy

ScienceTake | Elephant Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
See how monkeys teach manners, elephants show empathy and ants imitate water in ScienceTake, combining cutting-edge research from the world of science with stunning footage of the natural world in action.
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Study: The human empathy connection to dogs and their facial expressions  

Study: The human empathy connection to dogs and their facial expressions   | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Highly empathetic people experience the facial expression of dogs more intensely than their less empathetic peers. Researchers with the University of Helsinki and Aalto University found human empathy isn't limited to the human species. The ability to share and understand another's feelings is an expansive trait.

"Empathy affected assessments of dogs' facial expressions even more than previous experience of dogs, probably because the face is a biologically important stimulus for humans," Miiamaaria Kujala, a postdoctoral researcher at Helsinki, said in a news release. "Our earlier studies have showed, however, that when considering the entire body language of dogs, previous experience of dogs increases in importance."''Brooks Hays

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Empathetic people experience dogs’ expressions more strongly | University of Helsinki

Empathetic people experience dogs’ expressions more strongly | University of Helsinki | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
A study by the University of Helsinki and Aalto University explored how empathy and other psychological factors affect people’s assessments of the facial images of dogs and humans.

The results show for the first time that human empathy, or the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences, also affects perceptions of the facial expressions of pet dogs.

“Empathy affected assessments of dogs’ facial expressions even more than previous experience of dogs, probably because the face is a biologically important stimulus for humans. Our earlier studies have showed, however, that when considering the entire body language of dogs, previous experience of dogs increases in importance,” explains postdoctoral researcher Miiamaaria Kujala.
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Study: Human empathy extends to dogs and their facial expressions

Study: Human empathy extends to dogs and their facial expressions | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Highly empathetic people experience the facial expression of dogs more intensely than their less empathetic peers.

Researchers with the University of Helsinki and Aalto University found human empathy isn't limited to the human species. The ability to share and understand another's feelings is an expansive trait.

"Empathy affected assessments of dogs' facial expressions even more than previous experience of dogs, probably because the face is a biologically important stimulus for humans," Miiamaaria Kujala, a postdoctoral researcher at Helsinki, said in a news release. "Our earlier studies have showed, however, that when considering the entire body language of dogs, previous experience of dogs increases in importance."

 

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Study: Do Ravens Show Consolation? Responses to Distressed Others

Study: Do Ravens Show Consolation? Responses to Distressed Others | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Background
Bystander affiliation (post-conflict affiliation from an uninvolved bystander to the conflict victim) may represent an expression of empathy in which the bystander consoles the victim to alleviate the victim's distress (“consolation”).

 

However, alternative hypotheses for the function of bystander affiliation also exist. Determining whether ravens spontaneously offer consolation to distressed partners may not only help us to understand how animals deal with the costs of aggressive conflict, but may also play an important role in the empathy debate.

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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.

 

 

By Robin Foster,

 

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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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Dogs Understand Fairness, Empathy, and Inequality

Dogs Understand Fairness, Empathy, and Inequality | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
His findings support research that shows that dogs understand concepts of empathy and inequality. As dog guardians can attest, dogs will lick or nuzzle humans or other animals who are crying or hurting, demonstrating an ability to read and understand emotions, even in different species, to empathize, and to try to help.

Show dogs that you, too, understand fairness, inequality, and empathy. Give them plenty of playtime, exercise, socialization, and affection, and adopt—don’t shop.
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Study Finds Dogs Can Actually Read Human Emotions & Show Empathy

Study Finds Dogs Can Actually Read Human Emotions & Show Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard it before: Dogs are man’s best friend. They are extremely loyal, loving, and sensitive, always seeming to know when you need some cheering up. Well, a new study shows that they do in fact know when you are feeling down, or happy, or any other emotion, because they have the ability to read human emotion. They do this through interpreting various stimuli, such as visual and auditory cues, and they are the only creatures aside from humans that have been shown to have this ability...

 

It was found that dogs are also able to imitate each other’s expressions, which shows that they have the capacity for empathy as well

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מאמר על מחקר שנעשה באוניברסיטאות על הרגשות אמפטיה וההזדהות שכלבים חווים בני אדם וכיצד זה יתכן ?! 
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What You Can Do to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

What You Can Do to Prevent Compassion Fatigue | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

If you have a pet you need to know this. Veterinary professionals are feeling the heat – and paying a price. Forever veterinarians have had empathy for your pets, for wildlife, zoo and farm animals. Maybe now it’s time for you to understand the flip side.

I don’t pretend to be an expert on depression and suicide, but, as for veterinarians, it stands to reason that the enormous debt load of students coming out of school (and I mean monumental) may play a role, and it’s a good guess that the personality type of the average veterinary professional may be also a factor.

“As a profession, we are passionate; we are selfless; we try really hard and don’t accept defeat easily,” says Chicago veterinarian Dr. Natalie Marks. “We don’t leave the job at the office, it comes home with us. We take what we do to heart. Those are really excellent qualities. But that also leaves us emotionally vulnerable.”

 

 By: Steve Dale

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Empathetic People Make the Best Dog Whisperers

Empathetic People Make the Best Dog Whisperers | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
The more empathy you have, the better you may be at decoding dogs’ facial expressions.

 

The most reliable indicator of how well you can understand your dog is just practice, plain and simple: People who have owned dogs, or spent time around dogs, are generally more adept at decoding canine cues than those who shy away from anything furry and slobbery. But according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE, experience alone does not a dog whisperer make: Your personality — and, specifically, how empathetic you are — plays a role, too.'

 

By Cari Romm

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Empathetic People Make the Best Dog Whisperers

Empathetic People Make the Best Dog Whisperers | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
The more empathy you have, the better you may be at decoding dogs’ facial expressions.

 

The most reliable indicator of how well you can understand your dog is just practice, plain and simple: People who have owned dogs, or spent time around dogs, are generally more adept at decoding canine cues than those who shy away from anything furry and slobbery. But according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE, experience alone does not a dog whisperer make: Your personality — and, specifically, how empathetic you are — plays a role, too.'

 

By Cari Romm

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How Animal Rescuers Are Burning Out Their Empathy 

How Animal Rescuers Are Burning Out Their Empathy  | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
People don’t always recognize compassion fatigue, says Jeff Boehm, executive director of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, the largest marine mammal rehabilitation center in the world. Sometimes referred to as empathy burnout or secondary trauma, the stress of the fatigue can manifest in depression or addiction.

 

Patricia Smith, founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, says most people don’t appreciate the strain this work causes. “Not only do [animal welfare workers] suffer daily in the work they do, they also often deal with the public’s total disregard and criticism of their work.

 

Shelter work was one of the most distressing and sorrow-filled work I’ve ever done.” One of Boehm’s biggest concerns is that if people don’t accept compassion fatigue as a very real issue, it—and its downstream psychic consequences—can’t be adequately treated.

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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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