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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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Beyond mindfulness: how horse riding, eating your greens and going for a walk can help depression

Beyond mindfulness: how horse riding, eating your greens and going for a walk can help depression | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Equine therapy has been shown to help nurture self-awareness and empathy


Not so long ago, if you had anxiety or depression, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) was the answer. It was everywhere. Now mindfulness is even more ubiquitous.


And there is indeed much scientific evidence for its benefits in treating depression, anxiety and addiction. But, as Rachel Boyd of the mental health charity Mind points out, “It’s not for everyone and there are lots of alternatives.” Before CBT, Freudian psychotherapy dominated. We’ve lumbered from digging up the roots of our problems, to solving issues by changing the way we think and behave with CBT, to learning to enjoy life how it is, through mindfulness.


But if none of the above appeal to you, that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up all hope of a calmer, brighter outlook. There are other options.


  • Solution-focused hypnotherapy...
  • Breathing exercises...
  • Exercise and diet...
  • Creative therapies...
  • Horse riding...





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Emapthy: Nova science now What are animals thinking

Nova science now What are animals thinking
 

Empathy - Bonobos Sharing 
was she feeling empathy. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOgGOtKspV0 &t=0m0s

was she feeling empathy. 


Empathy and Rats


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOgGOtKspV0 &t=11m020s


Theory of mind with monkeys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOgGOtKspV0 &t=44m40s

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How watching a cute animal video makes the world a better place ...and more empathic.

How watching a cute animal video makes the world a better place ...and more empathic. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Does owning a pet or even watching those ubiquitous YouTube animal videos make us more empathetic? Apparently so. Loving those creatures may unlock ways to make you less lonely and make the world a better place.


"Interacting with a pet can increase oxytocin, beta-endorphin and dopamine levels as well as reduce cortisol levels — powerful neurochemicals that can lower our blood pressure and make us feel happier, better and more relaxed," says Rebecca A. Johnson, a professor and director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.


Oxytocin, often called the "love" or "trust" hormone because of the feelings it triggers when we kiss or fall in love, also promotes social bonding.


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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


Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, January 15, 2016 11:52 PM

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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Really? Yawning Is Contagious Between Dogs and Their Owners: yawn is thought to signal empathy.

Really? Yawning Is Contagious Between Dogs and Their Owners: yawn is thought to signal empathy. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Yawning when you see someone else yawn is thought to signal empathy. About half of all people do it contagiously. Now researchers have confirmed what many pet owners have long suspected: Dogs, too, are contagious yawners.

In a series of experiments carried out on two dozen breeds, from poodles to pit bulls, researchers found that when a dog watched either a stranger or its owner yawn, the dog was far more likely to yawn in response to its owner. Dogs in the study also demonstrated that, for the most part, they could not be duped. They responded frequently to genuine yawns, but less so to fake yawns in which people simply stretched and then opened and closed their mouths without making noise.

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NOVA scienceNOW: What are animals thinking: Animal Morality: Can rats feel empathy?

NOVA scienceNOW: What are animals thinking: Animal Morality: Can rats feel empathy? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Do dogs feel guilty?


Can rats feel empathy?


We project very complex—and very human—moral and emotional lives onto our animal companions. Now, scientists studying animal cognition are finally revealing the machinery of animals' moral compasses.

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The Science of Yawns, Dogs and Empathy

The Science of Yawns, Dogs and Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Swedish scientists show that dogs empathize with humans.

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