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The Empathy Movement Magazine: The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
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▶ Neuroscience: The Brain as a Social Organ

Ruth Buczynski, PhD interviews Louis Cozolino, PhD about how the neuroscience of human brains interact with one another. Neuroscience is giving us insight into how our brains really work and provides us with practical information for our daily lives and interactions with others. If you want to learn more about neuroscience, visit our website

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The Gift of Empathy | Stuttering Foundation

The Gift of Empathy | Stuttering Foundation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s the holiday season and I thought I would finish my last post for 2013 by discussing the "gift of empathy." A wonderful colleague of mine at theMichael Palin Centre in London introduced me to the work of Dr. Brené Brown, an expert researcher on shame and the ability empathy has on extinguishing shame. Shame relates to stuttering by feeling defective, bad, or a "failure." For some people who stutter, feelings of shame can emerge in the school age years when he calls himself a "stutterer" and it is the way he is. These feelings can linger into adulthood and reduce the overall quality of life in adults who stutter as "shamed people want to hide."


by Voon Pang

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Patient Experience, Empathy Innovation Summit 2014 - May 18-21, 2014

Patient Experience, Empathy Innovation Summit 2014 - May 18-21, 2014 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Beyond Standing In Their Shoes: Projecting Empathy From Your Feet Up Kirste Carlson, DNP, CNS, Cleveland Clinic 

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In this session we will focus on how our embodied self-awareness (the ability to pay attention to our own sense experience the moment) can enable us to better convey our empathy to others in clinical situations, and make our work less draining and stressful for us. The bulk of the time will be spent in experiential exercises followed by solo and shared reflection on participants' resulting self-discoveries. Breathing, posture and grounding of one's own weight in relationship to the other will be emphasized.
Breakout C Team Intelligence: Building the Necessary Skills to Create the Best Patient Experience Suzanne Gordon, Journalist and Author 

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There has never been more talk of teams and teamwork in healthcare. But what does it take to work on a team. What infrastructure must be built if teamwork is to be not just rhetoric but reality? What skills must be taught and how must they be taught in order to make the patient safety a reality and the patient experience not only satisfactory but superb? This workshop will explore the skills needed to develop and promote team intelligence in healthcare settings.

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Mirror Neurons: Cells that Read Minds

Mirror Neurons: Cells that Read Minds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Humans, it turns out, have mirror neurons that are far smarter, more flexible and more highly evolved than any of those found in monkeys, a fact that scientists say reflects the evolution of humans' sophisticated social abilities.

 

The human brain has multiple mirror neuron systems that specialize in carrying out and understanding not just the actions of others but their intentions, the social meaning of their behavior and their emotions.

 

"We are exquisitely social creatures," Dr. Rizzolatti said. "Our survival depends on understanding the actions, intentions and emotions of others."

 

By Sandra Blakeslee

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron

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Neanderthals Buried Their Elders, Showed More Compassion Than Believed

Neanderthals Buried Their Elders, Showed More Compassion Than Believed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Researchers at an old Neanderthal burial ground in France have determined that cavemen cared for their dead a lot more than previously believed, according to AFP.


The study is based on digs around the skeleton of an elderly Neanderthal man with no teeth, who was supposedly buried after he died.

 

A burial pit at La Chapelle-aux-Saints was first discovered back in 1908. It contained the remains of a man with spinal deformities, which helped give rise to the popular belief of the "dim-witted and hunched Neanderthal" according to AFP. 

 

Matt Mercuro

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Effective leaders listen with empathy

Effective leaders listen with empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An essential building block of  civility is leaders’ ability to demonstrate empathy for the experience and perspective of others within the school community.

 

“Being aware of others is where civility begins,” P. M. Forni writes in The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude. “To be fully aware of them, we must weave empathy into the fabric of our connection. . . . The empathy of strangers is good for us not just because it makes us feel better about ourselves and about life, but also because it encourages us to be better persons. Empathy is wonderfully contagious.”


In my experience, leaders’ lack of empathy is a leading cause of interpersonal problems in the workplace, which, in turn, undermines a school community’s ability to achieve it’s most important goals.

 

Dennis Sparks

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Neanderthals Were Compassionate and Caring

Neanderthals Were Compassionate and Caring | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Neanderthals displayed a deep seated sense of compassion, according to British archaeologists who are studying the evolution of compassion in humans.

 

Neanderthals are often depicted as brutish club wielders, but a new book suggests Neanderthals had a sensitive side, displaying "a deep seated sense of compassion."

 

The findings, also published in the journal Time & Mind, are part of a larger study charting how empathy and other related feelings evolved in early humans.

 

Researchers Penny Spikins, Andy Needham and Holly Rutherford from the University of York Archaeology Department examined archaeological evidence for the way emotions began to emerge in our ancestors six million years ago and then developed through more recent times. 

 BY JENNIFER VIEGAS

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How Stories Change the Brain

How Stories Change the Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.

Stories bring brains together

Emotional simulation is the foundation for empathy and is particularly powerful for social creatures like humans because it allows us to rapidly forecast if people around us are angry or kind, dangerous or safe, friend or foe.

 

Such a neural mechanism keeps us safe but also allows us to rapidly form relationships with a wider set of members of our species than any other animal does. The ability to quickly form relationships allows humans to engage in the kinds of large-scale cooperation that builds massive bridges and sends humans into space. By knowing someone’s story—where they came from, what they do, and who you might know in common—relationships with strangers are formed. 

 

By Paul J. Zak 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Paul Zak
http://j.mp/YhPowm 

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Service based learning builds empathy | MSU Extension

Service based learning builds empathy | MSU Extension | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Demonstrate and build healthy relationships by showing empathy and kindness towards others.

 

Michigan State University Extension promotes strategies for developing empathy through its BeSAFEbullying prevention curriculum and trainings, including:

 

* Creating safe settings (homes, schools, afterschool programs, faith-based groups): An environment where youth are respected and not judged opens communication and sharing.* Exploring connections to human differences: Talking about disparages and injustices to minorities affirms realities and encourages critical consciousness.* Working in partnership with youth: Involving youth in the brainstorming, planning, action and follow-up process fosters ownership of a project and in a group.* Positive adult modeling of empathy and respect: How adults treat each other and youth in community settings speaks volumes. Being kind and caring towards all, versus being harsh and judgmental sets a tone and a level of expectation.

 by Denise Aungst, 

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Empathy = Power for Change

Empathetic stories have had a huge impact on the ability of General Mills to uncover deep needs and spur the development and launch of successfully differentiat

 

"Empathetic stories have had a huge impact on the ability of General Mills to uncover deep needs and spur the development and launch of successfully differentiated new products.  In this short notes slide presentation, Anne Orban, M.Ed., NPDP, Director of Discovery & Innovation at Innovation Focus Inc, communicates the basic framework for this tool and her enthusiasm for its value to companies with lackluster new product performance." 

http://www.innovationfocus.com/articles/empathy-power-for-change/

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Understanding Compassion Starts with Understanding Others

Understanding Compassion Starts with Understanding Others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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Happy Holidays! In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion!

 

We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we have to receive love. Think again!

 

Research shows that our greatest fulfillment comes in large part from being connected to others and from helping them.

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Studentlitteratur

Studentlitteratur | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy needed for good health, good education and good treatment in occupations where encounters with other people at the center. recent years, interest in empathy increased significantly. research was a new way of becoming interdisciplinary and led to many new discoveries. Among otherwise it has been empathy base of the brain on the tracks by the discovery of mirror neurons.

Empathy. Theoretical and practical perspectives provides an overview of the rapidly expanding research in this area, while practical guidance for their professional life. The book also provides the opportunity for specialization in the psychological,neuroscientific and philosophical inquiry, empathy tank's history and research on empathy in professional life. From inside the book: 

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The book fits in training for, among other psychologists, nurses,therapists, physicians, physical therapists and professionals in education, social care and social work.

"Empathy is a property of fundamental importance to interpersonal relationships. understand we are not at our fellow man, we can not interact, support, manage conflict and work together in an optimal way. And it can be anything from everyday encounters to situations in life and dead. "

From the preface of the book by Stefan Einhorn

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Designing Empathy | Chicago Ideas Week

Designing Empathy | Chicago Ideas Week | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How do you use your toilet paper? Are you a folder? A wrapper? A scruncher? We're betting it's the later. But what does it say about you as an individual, and why does it matter anyway? Deana McDonagh discusses why you can't design anything for someone if you don't understand them first, and how creating empathetic products changes  

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Compassion, not fitness, is key to survival

Compassion, not fitness, is key to survival | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sympathy will have been increased through natural selection,” Darwin wrote in The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, “for those communities which include the greatest number of the most sympathetic members, would flourish best, and rear the greatest number of offspring.”

 

In other words, when it comes to durability, compassion is king.

For Emma Seppala, compassion is also the focus of her work as the associate director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, an organization devoted to promoting compassion within individuals and society through research, scientific collaboration and academic conferences.

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Psychopaths Might Have an Impaired Empathy Circuit: Scientific American

Psychopaths Might Have an Impaired Empathy Circuit: Scientific American | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Social apathy may arise from deficient connections among emotional brain centers

 

When most of us imagine someone in pain, we feel uncomfortable and want to help. Psychopaths do not: a callousness toward others' suffering is the central feature of a psychopathic personality. Now an imaging study finds that psychopathic inmates have deficits in a key empathy circuit in the brain, pointing to a potential therapeutic target.

 

Jean Decety, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, and his colleagues used functional MRI to scan the brains of 121 male prison inmates while they looked at photos of a painful moment, such as a foot stepping on a nail or a finger being smashed in a drawer. The inmates were instructed to imagine the scenario happening to themselves or to another person, a perspective-switching technique that easily elicits empathy in most people.

 

By Meredith Knight

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Creating Character Empathy, Part One: having empathy as a writer

Creating Character Empathy, Part One: having empathy as a writer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If a writer feels nothing for her characters, how can we expect the reader to feel something? Our lack of emotional investment will show on the page. Our characters will feel wooden, stereotypical, and lacking in life. Here are some ideas for developing empathy with your characters. 1. Know your characterTo feel empathy for our characters, we need to know them like we know our best friends in real life. We need to know their strengths, flaws, quirks, fears, insecurities, and what makes them laugh Karen Schravemade
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Compassion's curative power

Compassion's curative power | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Emma Seppala, PhD is the associate director of Stanford School of Medicine’s The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and a well-known researcher and speaker on the science of well-being, social connection and compassion. BeWell spoke with Dr. Seppala to glean her latest insights and learned that strong medicine does not always come in a prescription drug vial.


Empathy: the most evolved form of kindness

Most of us (except in extreme cases, such as psychopaths) are wired for empathy, defined as the shared experience of someone else’s pain or pleasure. Whenever we look at or interact with others, parts of our brain, “mirror neurons,” internally echo what others do and feel. Someone’s smile, for example, activates the smile muscles in our faces, while a frown activates our frown muscles. In this way, we “read” other people’s states of mind. Think about when you see a relative walk into the room with a troubled expression; before you’ve even exchanged words, you know if something is going terribly wrong or wonderfully right. Our brain is wired to read cues so subtle that although our brain may not consciously register them ("he doesn't seem angry”), our body will. Research by Stanford University’s James Gross shows that even when someone is hiding their anger and we don’t consciously know they are upset, our blood pressure will increase. Our wiring for empathy is so deep that, just by observing someone else in pain, the "pain matrix" in our brain is activated. If someone else hurts, we hurt ... 

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Autism Patients Carry Common Sequence Variations In Gene, Study

Autism Patients Carry Common Sequence Variations In Gene, Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The gene playing a potential role in autism also helps in determining empathy quotient in people.

 

A recent study reveals that autism patients are more likely to carry specific sequence variations of a particular gene. Interestingly, the same gene is also linked to empathy quotient in the general public, the researchers claim.

 

The variations in the gene are possible indicators of Asperger Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.

 

The study was conducted by researchers at Autism Research Centre in Cambridge University and was led by Professor Baron-Cohen. The researchers looked for the sequence variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs in the gene GABRB3. GABRB3 is the key gene that regulates the functioning of a neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid, which contains a number of SNPs that vary with population. The gene GABRB3 is a potential indicator of Asperger Syndrome

 

.By Krittika Sengupta

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Stop Bullying With Empathy

Stop Bullying With Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Developing empathy allows us to identify our shared humanity. Roots of Empathy was born to draw the curtain on cruelty and build a bridge which connects us to one another, to our shared feelings.

 

The absence of empathy is a common denominator in atrocities at home such as family violence, bullying at school and global atrocities such as the Holocaust, genocide and the marginalization of those who are different in some way. When levels of empathy go up, people are less likely to hurt one another, as they understand how it feels to be hurt. This is exactly what we see in the Roots of Empathy classrooms as children are able to identify with the feelings of the other. Randomized longitudinal research studies show that this aggression and bullying is reduced significantly and remains lower over time. Developing empathy allows us to identify our shared humanity. Roots of Empathy was born to draw the curtain on cruelty and build a bridge which connects us to one another, to our shared feelings.

 

Mary Gordon

Founder/President, Roots of Empathy

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Neanderthals had more empathy than previously understood - CBS News

Neanderthals had more empathy than previously understood - CBS News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
After 13 years studying a Neanderthal burial site, researchers say Neanderthals were more community-oriented and emphatic that previously understood

 

Researchers say Neanderthals were more intelligent and empathetic than previously understood. They cared for their elders and buried them with dignity, according to a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

The study focused on a skeleton of an elderly Neanderthal man -- 30 to 40 years old -- that was found in 1908 in La Chapelle-aux-Saints in southern France. It is the remains of a man who could barely walk and had lost all his teeth. The shape of his spine led to the theory that Neanderthals were hunch-backed.

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Study confirms a gene linked to Asperger Syndrome and empathy

Study confirms a gene linked to Asperger Syndrome and empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

(Medical Xpress)—Scientists have confirmed that variations in a particular gene play a key role in the autism spectrum condition known as Asperger Syndrome. They have also found that variations in the same gene are also linked to differences in empathy levels in the general population.


A study to be published later this month in the journal Molecular Autism confirms previous research that people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are more likely to carry specific variations in a particular gene. More strikingly, the study supports existing findings that the same gene is also linked to how much empathy typically shown by individuals in the general population. 


The research was carried out by a team of researchers led by Professor Baron-Cohen at the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University. Asperger Syndrome is an autism spectrum condition. 

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Empathy + Equity → Justice

Empathy + Equity → Justice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The good news is that the neural networks that reflect a lack of empathy and reveal moral exclusion are not destiny. The research on implicit bias tells us that we can repattern these neural connections through conscious effort. Brene Brown also describes four features of empathy, which are actually practices we can embrace and improve: taking another’s perspective, staying out of judgment, recognizing others’ emotions, and communicating those emotions. Building empathy—practicing love—becomes a powerful way to build the connections between people that can lead to justice.


CYNTHIA SILVA PARKER

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The Educational Value of Field Trips : Education Next

The Educational Value of Field Trips : Education Next | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more By Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. BowenHistorical Empathy. Tours of art museums also affect students’ values. Visiting an art museum exposes students to a diversity of ideas, peoples, places, and time periods. That broadening experience imparts greater appreciation and understanding. We see the effects in significantly higher historical empathy and tolerance measures among students randomly assigned to a school tour of Crystal Bridges.

Historical empathy is the ability to understand and appreciate what life was like for people who lived in a different time and place. This is a central purpose of teaching history, as it provides students with a clearer perspective about their own time and place. To measure historical empathy, we included three statements on the survey with which students could express their level of agreement or disagreement:

 

1) I have a good understanding of how early Americans thought and felt;

 

2) I can imagine what life was like for people 100 years ago; and

 

3) When looking at a painting that shows people, I try to imagine what those people are thinking. We combined these items into a scale measuring historical empathy.

 

Students who went on a tour of Crystal Bridges experience a 6 percent of a standard deviation increase in historical empathy. 

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Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion (Infographic) - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion (Infographic) - Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Happy Holidays! In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion! We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining.
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We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we have to receive love. Think again! Research shows that our greatest fulfillment comes in large part from being connected to others and from helping them.

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Unleash Empathy - The Shared Initiative

Teach kids empathy and change the world. The Shared Initiative is crowdfunding to pilot our global empathy primary school curriculum in Sydney, London, Fiji,...
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