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BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, A love story told using the science of mirror neurons

BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama,  A love story told using the science of mirror neurons | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Sarah Woods. A love story told using the science of mirror neurons.

 

Anja and Rhys's love story is told from a neurological perspective, by neuroscientist Christian Keysers. It's the story of two individuals whose brains begin to 'mirror' each other as they gradually fall in love. As Christian says it's "...not so much an exchange of information as two brains becoming one."

 

Author of 'The Empathic Brain', Christian is Head of the Social Brain Lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences. He seeks to understand how, as social animals, our brains mirror those of other people, so that understanding others is not an effort of explicit thought but an intuitive sharing of emotions, sensations and actions.

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How journalists can improve their storytelling by embracing design thinking - Empathy

How journalists can improve their storytelling by embracing design thinking - Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Create. Inform. Engage. | Journalism training, media news & how to's


1. Empathize
 

“Journalists naturally need to be empathetic,” Leticia Britos Cavagnaro told Poynter via Skype. Britos Cavagnaro, adjunct faculty at Stanford School of Engineering’s Technology Ventures Program and associate director of National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), co-teaches the d.school’s creativity and innovation class with Tina Seelig. Most people come to a “story with an idea, a perspective or a hypothesis,” she said; being empathetic means having the “ability to talk to someone and really let go of those preconceptions.”

 

The goal of empathy is to gain insight or “put myself in the shoes of the other person or the many different stakeholders,” Britos Cavagnaro said. Use empathy by asking open-ended questions and actively listening to uncover people’s needs and motivations. Asking “Why?” often is effective.

 

by Anna Li

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It's The Empathy, Stupid! - Why Entrepreneurs Can Be Jerks

It's The Empathy, Stupid! - Why Entrepreneurs Can Be Jerks | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

...And why reading this can (literally) make you a better person.

 

Are you an empathetic manager? Chances are you aren’t.  A new study suggests that the more power someone feels, the less they are able to empathize. This brings a whole bunch of serious implications not just for managers, but for entire economic systems as well.

 

The spotlight has shone brighter on the idea of empathy in recent years. The depersonalization of relationships through the widespread use (and misuse) of social media tools, and recent political developments have all done their share to make empathy a more discussed concept than it ever was.

 

A quick look at Google Scholar shows that there have been 153,200 results for studies mentioning empathy from the year 1900 -2008. However, from 2009-2013 however, there have been 42,900 mentions of the word in scholarly works. There have been a third as many mentions of empathy in studies in the past four years than there have been in the previous 90. 

 

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Video: Humans show more empathy for battered dogs

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According to a new study conducted by northeastern university, humans say they show more empathy for man’s best friend than they would for battered humans.

 

Participants were asked to read the article and rate their feelings of empathy toward the victim of the story.

 

In the end, battered dogs and battered children drew the same response.

“It seems like there was a bit more sympathy for the animals maybe because animals are a voiceless victim. They don’t have a voice to cry out for help on their own,” said Sybil Soukup.

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Did Blade Runner Predict VR Empathy Games?

Did Blade Runner Predict VR Empathy Games? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Throughout my time reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I caught myself thinking about the recently emerging empathy games genre , and here's why.

 

Empathy games are games designed not to be fun, but to let "players" walk a mile in the shoes of people in difficult situations. The gameplay attempts to show people what it's like to deal with challenging life circumstances they may be unaware of. In Depression Quest, you guide a clinically depressed protagonist through the doldrums of their seemingly hopeless life. In Cart Life a divorced mother operates a meager food cart to earn money so she doesn't lose custody of her daughter. Papers, Please puts you in the boots of a border guard who faces the moral dilemma of where privacy ends and security begins. These games aren't designed to have satisfying gameplay, but rather to help you empathize with the difficult existences other human beings face. It's a small, niche genre, but it feels like the beginning of something of cultural importance. Sure, you can read stories or watch videos about suffering people, but video games offer developers the power to make you play out a day in their lives.  by Tim Turi 

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Empathy? An Ethos Born in the Staffroom - Whole Child Education

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Daniel Favre is a teacher, teacher trainer and professor in both neuroscience and education. His work studies the process of youth violence. It also shows how supporting teachers in cultivating empathy can break the cycle of youth violence and improve maths results. His 50-hour programme trains educators to minimise students' fear of learning and dogmatic perceptions. Regardless of their subject, teachers learn six different skills: to clearly distinguish error and fault when giving feedback to students, encourage emotional literacy, facilitate team work, emphasize our common humanity, establish a non-violent mode of authority, and strong personal listening skills and empathy.

 

"Empathy," says Favre, "is central to the whole programme, and our research shows that through training, most teachers' behaviour changes, and young people copy this change. Over a period of two years their empathy increases and their results in maths too."

 

It is tempting to design anti-bullying programmes for young people, and to forget to train teachers to develop their own emotional awareness and give them the space and the tools to take care of themselves. 

by Vinciane Rycroft 

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Coca-Cola, Colostomy Bags and Cross-Dressing: Tips for Building Rapid Empathy

Coca-Cola, Colostomy Bags and Cross-Dressing: Tips for Building Rapid Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Apart from that brief outburst, the faces of the participants in our Human-Centred Design (HCD) workshop are crinkled with concentration as they calculate the number of carbs they consumed in their last meal. They're not trying the newest low-carb diet, but putting themselves in the shoes of someone with diabetes--feeling, first-hand, what it's like to count their blood glucose levels to ensure they adjust their insulin intake correctly.

 

That walk-a-mile-immersion exercise is just one example of the methods we use to build rapid empathy in which we (as researchers and designers) help our audience (students, clients) to quickly understand the challenges that people face with a product, service, or process. Interestingly, the rapid bit is where the audience actually makes a connection, experiencing empathy for others. As humans, we're wired to feel empathy, so all we need to do is tap into that innate capacity.

 

Karsten Fischer

CEO, PDD, global product and service design and innovation consultancy

http://www.pdd.co.uk/blog/2013/02/rapid-empathy/
Rapid Empathy

"You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. 
 Atticus Finch knew that the key to understanding people was building empathy for them. In this post we explore the role of empathy in innovation and our experiences with rapid empathy-building exercises.
So, what is the role of empathy in design and innovation? 

 

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Network for Peace Through Dialogue

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Network for Peace through Dialogue is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting grassroots communities, both local and global in order to identify and research common issues and solutions in the areas of making peace and promoting just action. Our objective is to provide a platform so that communities and societies can expand understanding and discuss their differences within a dynamic environment to help resolve conflicts and cooperate more fully. In all our programs we do so by analyzing, facilitating, and fostering dialogue, identifying solutions and sharing information. The Network for Peace through Dialogue creates opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in constructive conversations in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect.

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Let our empathy end desperate journeys: Veronica Gamez at TEDxSingapore

As head of Aidha, a not-for-profit micro-business school dedicated to enriching lives through financial education, Veronica Gamez pioneered its transition into a stage of consolidation and professionalisation, building its financial health, corporate partnerships and spreading its voice and mission both nationally and internationally. A native of Mexico, She is dedicated to promoting women's economic empowerment through education. 

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Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools - rewiring their brains to help them be more empathetic.

Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools - rewiring their brains to help them be more empathetic. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Wisconsin researchers are examining whether games can measure learning and build attention, empathy, and other noncognitive skills...

 

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are convinced the tests of the future will look like Crystals of Kaydor, a role-playing video game about aliens.

 

Designed to measure children’s learning in real time while rewiring their brains to help them be more empathetic, Crystals offers a potentially transformative response to two cutting-edge questions now being debated in the world of testing: whether digital games can effectively blur the line between instruction and assessment and how educators can better gauge children’s social and emotional skills.

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Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture and the Brain - Gary Olsen - Review by Rachel O'Donnell

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Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture and the Brain

Rachel O'Donnell 
New Political Science 

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Emotional dwelling is more than empathic understanding.

Emotional dwelling is more than empathic understanding. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The person with understanding does not know and judge as one who stands apart and unaffected; but rather, as one united by a specific bond with the other, he thinks with the other and undergoes the situation with him.”—Hans-Georg Gadamer



Traditional notions of therapeutic empathy have been pervaded by the Cartesian doctrine of the isolated mind. This doctrine bifurcates the subjective world of the person into outer and inner regions, reifies and absolutizes the resulting separation between the two, and pictures the mind as an objective entity that takes its place among other objects, a “thinking thing” that has an inside with contents and looks out on an external world from which it is essentially estranged. Within this metaphysical vision, human beings can encounter each other only as thinking subjects, and something like empathic immersion—what psychoanalytic innovator Heinz Kohut famously calledvicarious introspection—is required to bridge the ontological gap separating their isolated minds from one another.

 

 

In a post-Cartesian philosophical world, no such bridging is required, as we are all always already connected with one another in virtue of our common humanity (including our common finitude and existential vulnerability) and our co-disclosive relation to a common world.

by Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D.

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Battered Dogs Get More Empathy Than Battered Adults

Surveys show that people have less empathy for battered human adults than they do dogs, according to a paper at the American Sociological Association.

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"Unlike survey research, experiments usually employ a homogenous sample in order to establish a cause and effect relationship rather than to generalize a large population," Levin said. "However, there is really no reason to believe that our results would differ very much nationally, particularly among college students."

Levin thinks the findings would be similar for cats as well. "Dogs and cats are family pets," he said. "These are animals to which many individuals attribute human characteristics." 

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?

Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. 

 

Homa Tavangar Author, "Growing Up Global," GlobalEd advisor

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:46 PM

Empathy is a 21st Century skill that must be developed at home and in the class room.  "Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively."

Audrey's comment, August 26, 2013 6:13 PM
I would agree with Garth, which is why homeschooling is so important.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 26, 2013 8:53 PM
Thanks, Audrey. And I echo your homeschooling comment...I am a strong supporter of homeschooling families!
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Berwick Report Emphasizes Learning, Empathy; Not Punishment

Berwick Report Emphasizes Learning, Empathy; Not Punishment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What happened at Mid Staffordshire Hospital was almost the perfect storm. Combine an absence of leadership and an over-focus on cost-cutting, and to that add discouraged staff, and you have all the ingredients for disaster.

 

With great anticipation both here and abroad, the Berwick Report was released last week -- a report promising direction to the British National Health Service (NHS) after a devastating healthcare crisis in patient safety standards at Mid Staffordshire Hospital resulted in hundreds to thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths. Warning signs were not heeded: "Especially costly," states the report, "was the muffling of the voices of patients and carers who took the trouble to complain but whose complaints were too often ignored." Prime Minister David Cameron turned to world-renowned patient safety expert Donald Berwick to make recommendations with the goal to "help the NHS achieve 'zero harm'...

 

... the review calls for enhanced training and education at NHS to focus on patient safety and quality improvement. Berwick's advisory group -- which included career scholars of patient safety, clinicians, managers and, most importantly, patients and patient advocates -- recommended a broad culture change in the NHS. "The way out is through learning, curiosity, commitment, and empathy rather than anger, fear and blame." The report points to a complete systems failure rather than finding fault at the individual staff level (reserving criminal consequences for those guilty of willful neglect of a patient)."  

by Helen Riess, M.D

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Helen Riess  http://j.mp/12VRhQh

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Why empathy is an economic necessity - can help companies develop new products

Why empathy is an economic necessity - can help companies develop new products | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The ability to see the world through the eyes of others can help companies develop new products

 

Empathy is the ability to see the world through someone else’s eyes. It’s far more than just being a nice person. If properly developed, empathy can give you and your company a distinct competitive edge. Negotiating a contract, dealing with workplace conflicts, coming up with a marketing campaign, or dreaming up the next must-have consumer gadget all require the ability to see the world through eyes that aren’t your own.

 

Sadly, managers and human resource departments too often neglect the interpersonal skills that are so essential to achieving results.

 

TODD HIRSCH

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For inventors and new product designers it is essential to have an innate sense of people's (i.e. potential customer) needs.

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The virtual reality cow aiming to turn steak lovers into vegetarians

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Researchers at Stanford University have developed a virtual reality avatar that enables humans to empathise with cows destined for the slaughterhouse.

 

"We were really interested in the theory of empathy," said Joshua Bostick, a Stanford University researcher. "Could you identify with this cow avatar and how did it make you feel about the environment and maybe things that you could do to make a small little difference."

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Empathy Games: Life, Meet Play

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Empathy game designers don't have massive teams or huge budgets, but that doesn't stop them from making important, moving games.

 

It’s difficult to write about the emerging genre of “empathy games” without dimming their liveliest characteristics. Even their title is nebulous. You might say empathy games attempt to put you into someone else’s shoes, and indeed many do. However, while big-budget titles strap you into iron-clad boots and decorate your torso with rifles and grenades, a game like Cart Life, for example, hands you divorce papers and a small sum of cash and asks you to provide for a daughter.

 

Empathy games are about lives – even a single life, in some cases. They grab the wide-angle lens that big developers use to tell stories of galactic destruction and they zoom far in on, say, a transgender woman crossing the street. If we’re looking at human life in quantity only, then yes, the stakes are smaller. But through intelligent writing and design choices, these creators have managed to make a rude, overheard comment feel more menacing than a looming Death Star.

 

by Brian Albert 

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Humans Feel Greater Empathy for Battered Dogs than for Battered Adults, Study Shows

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People feel greater empathy for puppies and even full-grown dogs subjected to violence than they do for battered adults, a new study shows.

 

Presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, the report examined the reactions of 240 men and women between the ages of 18 and 25, each of whom randomly received one of four fictional news articles. Each story was identical in every way with one exception -- the victim, which varied between an infant, an adult in his 30s, a puppy and a 6-year-old dog.  

By Tamarra Kemsley  natureworldnews.com

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Survivor Mamelodi and the limits of empathy

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Empathy, the empty trade-off for justice
For some, there seems to be nothing wrong with what Ena and Julian are doing. It is not surprising. South Africans are no strangers to empathy. The half-phony Damascus moment in 1994 was partly built on the tenets of empty empathy. The 1996 Truth and Reconciliation Commission supposedly gave many South Africans a chance to confront the violent horrors of the past and forgive each other, unconditionally without recourse.

The nature of it all compelled most South Africans to show a bit of empathy, in various ways.

 

Empathy for the mother who lost her son to the torture and veiled killings by the apartheid police. Empathy for the white family who lost their father in a civilian bomb attack. The uneven wounds of the past were ideal threads that wove the new South Africa as we now know it. It was all a performative exercise really. The emotional scars of many were used to advance the half-baked project of the rainbow nation. The rainbow, as we now know, couldn’t hold for long. The pieces now lie shattered in front of us. 

By Sibusiso Tshabalala

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People not necessarily more disturbed by animal suffering than human

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People have more empathy for puppies, full grown dogs and human children who are battered than they do for battered adult humans, U.S. researchers say.

 

People have more empathy for puppies, full grown dogs and human children who are battered than they do for battered adult humans, U.S. researchers say.

Study co-authors Jack Levin and Arnold Arluke, professors at Northeastern University, questioned 240 men and women, most of whom were white and ages 18-25, at a large northeastern university. Participants randomly received one of four fictional news articles about the beating of a 1-year-old child, an adult in his 30s, a puppy, or a 6-year-old dog.



 

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How Theater can teach children to learn empathy

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How Theater can teach children to learn empathy

 

Perhaps a little empathy training, presented within a fun scenario on a stage, could truly help children learn more desirable behaviors. As parents, we’re often on a mission to correct our children’s poor decisions, especially when it comes to sharing or disagreeing with friends or siblings. Emotions and empathy may be inextricably linked, but it’s not always easy for young people to learn empathy. But for those who master that skill earlier in life, they may find it easier to form greater bonds with others as they get older.


Today, there is even a growing body of research on empathy.  Marc Brackett, Ph.D. is the Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Senior Research Scientist in Psychology, Faculty Fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University.


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Perhaps a little empathy training, presented within a fun scenario on a stage, could truly help children learn more desirable behaviors. 


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Battered dogs get more empathy than adult humans: Survey : Postnoon

Battered dogs get more empathy than adult humans: Survey : Postnoon | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People have more empathy for battered puppies and full grown dogs than they do for adult humans, a US survey has found.

 

Jack Levin and Arnold Arluke, sociology professors at the Northeastern University, surveyed 240 men and women, most of them white and between the ages of 18 and 25, at a large northeastern university in the US.

Participants randomly received one of four fictional news articles about the beating of a one-year-old child, an adult in his 30s, a puppy, or a six-year-old dog, reports Xinhua.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This is part seven of the nine-part series from the Project Happiness curriculum.

 

How is Empathy Being Developed in Schools?

There are many approaches to teaching empathy. Here are ten interesting ways that aspects of empathy are being introduced:

Start with Teachers: At a recentEduCon Conference, an important issue came up. Teacher burnout increases when teachers are expected to be supportive but receive no emotional support at all. 
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Empathy can hurt you! Compassion heals.

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Empathy can hurt you and is a state that someone cannot remain in and be healthy. Compassion can be an ever giving, joyful, state of being. So says several great thinkers of our day such as Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya and Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist Monk, author and advisor to the Dalai Lama. An empathetic state is seen as de-energizing and a compassionate state is seen as ever-energizing.]

 

In a number of schools training for care givers and aid workers is being focused on moving them out of empathetic states that tend to lead to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) into more balanced compassionate states.

 

"Compassion is considered to be:


by: Jeffrey Walker

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