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New e-book series seeks to develop children's empathy for animals

New e-book series seeks to develop children's empathy for animals | human empathy | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 24, 2014 -- Imagine a world where people truly listened – a world where people understood each other and animals. Imagine a world with more empathy.

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Animals Teach Children Empathy and Compassion

Animals Teach Children Empathy and Compassion | human empathy | Scoop.it
Pets and children share a deep bond, one that teaches children empathy, compassion and respect. When Cynthia was five years old, her family acquired a cockapoo named Nellis from a neighbor who no longer wanted it.
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What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Better Human Beings - Huffington Post

What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Better Human Beings - Huffington Post | human empathy | Scoop.it
What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Better Human Beings
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Plenty of research suggests animals are capable of great depths of empathy.
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Empathy For Animals And The Environment

Empathy For Animals And The Environment | human empathy | Scoop.it
People Animals Love is a non-profit helping students understand and care for animals. In turn, students are learning how to understand and care for other people (D.C.
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Pets bring education, empathy to classrooms - MyWebTimes.com

Pets bring education, empathy to classrooms - MyWebTimes.com | human empathy | Scoop.it
Pets bring education, empathy to classrooms
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Prater instills the lessons about the toads into her curriculum and relates care for animals in the classroom to care for pets the students may have at home.
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Why We Are Wired to Connect: Matthew Lieberman - Scientific American

Why We Are Wired to Connect: Matthew Lieberman - Scientific American | human empathy | Scoop.it

Scientist Matthew Lieberman uncovers the neuroscience of human connections—and the broad implications for how we live our lives.

 

When we experience social pain — a snub, a cruel word — the feeling is as real as physical pain...

 

Across many studies of mammals, from the smallest rodents all the way to us humans, the data suggests that we are profoundly shaped by our social environment and that we suffer greatly when our social bonds are threatened or severed.  When this happens in childhood it can lead to long-term health and educational problems.  We may not like the fact that we are wired such that our well-being depends on our connections with others, but the facts are the facts.

 

By Gareth Cook


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The link between animal cruelty and antisocial personality disorders - Inquirer.net

The link between animal cruelty and antisocial personality disorders - Inquirer.net | human empathy | Scoop.it
The link between animal cruelty and antisocial personality disorders
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Decades of evidence have shown that a child's attitude toward animals can predict future behavior. According to published ...
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Human Brains Are Hardwired for Empathy, Friendship

Human Brains Are Hardwired for Empathy, Friendship | human empathy | Scoop.it
A new University of Virginia study strongly suggests that we are hardwired to empathize because we closely associate people who are close to us -- friends, spouses, lovers -- with our very selves.
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Empathy Linked to Age Rather than Species | Psych Central News

Empathy Linked to Age Rather than Species | Psych Central News | human empathy | Scoop.it
An intriguing experiment has discovered people have more empathy for battered puppies and full-grown dogs than they do for some humans. However, researchers.
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Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain - Yahoo! News

Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain
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We don't have to evolve that specific strength, shape or size—we can borrow it from our animal partners instead,” Shipman explains.
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Six Habits of Highly Empathic People « Just Wondering – Alternative ...

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People « Just Wondering – Alternative ... | human empathy | Scoop.it
Evolutionary biologists like Frans de Waal have shown that we are social animals who have naturally evolved to care for each other, just like our primate cousins. And psychologists have revealed that ...
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Frans De Waal from Emory University | MeetInnovators

Frans De Waal from Emory University | MeetInnovators | human empathy | Scoop.it
Do Animals Have Empathy? How Can You Measure Intelligence In Animals? Learn About The Bonobos And Empathy From Frans De Waal ...
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Daniel Reisel's Empathy Keynote Speech is Shocking and Educational: The Neuroscience Behind Empathy

Daniel Reisel's Empathy Keynote Speech is Shocking and Educational: The Neuroscience Behind Empathy | human empathy | Scoop.it
empathy keynote speech - Helping us understand the neuroscience behind evil actions and how to measure empathy, Daniel Reisel makes for a convincing and moving case about...

 

Helping us understand the neuroscience behind evil actions and how to measure empathy, Daniel Reisel makes for a convincing and moving case about inmates in his empathy keynote speech.

 

Having spent a year at Wormwood Scrubs High Security Prison in London studying amygdala activity in the brain of inmates, Reisel shares his somewhat alarming findings in his empathy keynote speech. 

 

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Reisel shares his somewhat alarming

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Contagious Yawning May Not Be Linked to Empathy | Neuroscience News Research Articles

Contagious Yawning May Not Be Linked to Empathy | Neuroscience News Research Articles | human empathy | Scoop.it

While previous studies have suggested a connection between contagious yawning and empathy, new research from the Duke Center for Human Genome Variation finds that contagious yawning may decrease with age and is not strongly related to variables like empathy, tiredness and energy levels.


The study, published March 14 in the journal PLOS ONE, is the most comprehensive look at factors influencing contagious yawning to date. The researchers said a better understanding of the biology involved in contagious yawning could ultimately shed light on illnesses such as schizophrenia or autism.


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In contrast to previous studies, the researchers

did not find a strong connection between contagious yawning

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Empathy for others may actually cause physical pain

Empathy for others may actually cause physical pain | human empathy | Scoop.it
Feeling empathy for others who are experiencing emotional or social pain may also cause a person to feel physical pain, according to new research.


In the study, scientists from the International School for Advance Studies (SISSA) in Italy showed participants videos of real people, in which one person—either a player or a friend—was deliberately being excluded in a game of catch. Researchers measured the participants’ brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

 

Researchers then conducted another experiment, in which participants or their friends received a “mildly painful” stimulus and had to witness each other’s experience.

 

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The findings add to previous evidence that
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Feeling of social pain or empathy for others 'causes physical pain'
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"Our findings lend support to the theoretical model of empathy that explains involvement in other people's emotions by the fact that our representation is based on the representation of our own emotional experience in similar conditions."


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Stopping animal cruelty could save a human life - Herald Sun

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Stopping animal cruelty could save a human life
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Only a uniquely depraved individual, one devoid of empathy, decency and without any mercy, would get a thrill from hurting a terrified animal.
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Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy

Biologist Frans de Waal presents an argument for empathy in a world focused on competition in The Age of Empathy.
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Banding Together to Ban Trophy Hunting and Protect African Lion Livelihood

Banding Together to Ban Trophy Hunting and Protect African Lion Livelihood | human empathy | Scoop.it
Needless killing of endangered species for trophies is inherently unsustainable, economically short-sighted, ecologically unsound, and morally wrong. The sooner it ends for lions and other imperiled animals, the better.
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“Children are suffering a severe deficit of play” - Eco Child's Play

“Children are suffering a severe deficit of play” - Eco Child's Play | human empathy | Scoop.it
Eco Child's Play
“Children are suffering a severe deficit of play”
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Gray describes his own childhood opportunity for free play as his “hunter-gatherer education” and accredits it for helping children develop empathy.
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The Dalai Lama supports the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference - Empathy and Compassion in Society

The Dalai Lama supports the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference - Empathy and Compassion in Society | human empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy and compassion are the source of all happiness and success," says the Dalai Lama in a message of support to the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference. 

 

"We human beings are social animals, we depend on each other for our very survival. Of course, we have a natural inclination to pursue our own self-interest, but the key point here is to do so wisely rather than foolishly." Where do we start?

 


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Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically

Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically | human empathy | Scoop.it
A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy.

 

 Criminal psychopathy can be both repulsive and fascinating, as illustrated by the vast number of books and movies inspired by this topic. Offenders diagnosed with psychopathy pose a significant threat to society, because they are more likely to harm other individuals and to do so again after being released. A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy. This could explain why psychopathic individuals can be callous and socially cunning at the same time. Why are psychopathic individuals more likely to hurt others? 


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Roots of Empathy featured in TIME magazine

Roots of Empathy featured in TIME magazine | human empathy | Scoop.it

 Roots of Empathy is featured in a special issue of TIME magazine, “The Science of You.” The article explores the power of empathy in fostering positive social and emotional development.

 

“Empathy is based on our ability to reflect back others’ emotions, and Roots of Empathy helps children recognize and describe what that reflection actually looks like and means,” writes Maia Szalavitz.

 

Szalavitz notes the students’ intense focus on their ‘Tiny Teacher’ during a Family Visit, as well as their insightful observations about the relationship between mother and baby. Roots of Empathy Founder/President Mary Gordon explains the power of the baby on the green blanket, “Babies are exquisite teachers of empathy because they are theaters of emotion. They don’t hide anything.”




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"Don't hide anything... we need to SEE each other." #authenticity

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Evolution of Empathy: Scientists Study Physical and Emotional Pain Responses

Evolution of Empathy: Scientists Study Physical and Emotional Pain Responses | human empathy | Scoop.it

When someone is in physical pain, it is common for others to respond to that pain, both physically and emotionally. They may act in ways that will help alleviate the physical pain, and they may actually feel emotional symptoms of the other person’s pain. Likewise, when emotional pain is witnessed, such asgrieving, witnesses may also feel a sense of sadness or loss.

 

These two different kinds of pain and how they are processed were the focus of a recent study led by Emile Bruneau of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bruneau wanted to see what regions of the brain were involved in processing empathetic responses to others’ physical and emotional pain, and whether these processes were distinct or shared.


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Editorial: What happens when child animal abusers grow up? - The ...

Editorial: What happens when child animal abusers grow up? - The ... | human empathy | Scoop.it
A crocodile was tortured and left for dead in an area that could only be construed as a "kill zone", full of bones and skulls of other animals. The abusers are ...
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