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Ep 3 - Alison - The World Needs More... Empathy For Animals & Each Other

Source: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3dr3t-989f02 Guest: Alison Age: Unsure Location: San Francisco Bay, CA What do you believe the world needs mor...
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Science Saturday: Like Animals | Frans de Waal & David Berreby [Science Saturday] 

00:00 Frans's latest book, "The Age of Empathy"

04:11 Empathy as a social contagion

11:05 A biological basis for morality and soccer hooliganism

33:22 Does religion have to be at war with science?

46:10 The fragility of empathy

50:18 Enron, the selfish gene, and Nazi pseudoscience

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Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw

Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Many dogs show empathy if their owner is in distress and will also try to help rescue them. This is according to Emily M. Sanford, formerly of Macalester College and now at Johns Hopkins University in the US. She is the lead author of a study in Springer’s journal Learning and Behavior that tested whether there is truth in the notion that dogs have a prosocial and empathetic nature. Interesting to note, the study found that dogs specially trained for visitations as therapy dogs are just as likely to help as other dogs.

In one of their experiments, Sanford and her colleagues instructed the owners of 34 dogs to either give distressed cries or to hum while sitting behind a see-through closed door. Sixteen of these dogs were registered therapy dogs. The researchers watched what the dogs did, and also measured their heart rate variability to see how they physically reacted to the situation. In another part of the experiment, the researchers examined how these same dogs gazed at their owners to measure the strength of their relationship.
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many dogs show empathy if their owner is in danger and also try to help rescue them. The study, therefore, provides evidence that dogs not only feel empathy toward people, but in some cases also act on that empathy.
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Empathetic, calm dogs try to rescue owners in distress, study finds 

Empathetic, calm dogs try to rescue owners in distress, study finds  | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Researchers observed the dogs' responses and measured their heart rates. In a followup experiment, researchers analyzed how dogs looked at their owners to gauge the strength of their relationship.

The results showed dogs were equally likely to open the door in response to both crying and humming. However, dogs opened the door more quickly when reacting to their owners' cries. Dogs with lower stress responses to crying were more likely to open the door and open it quickly.

Researchers also found dogs with the strongest bond with their owners were more faster to open the door.
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Woman Murders Parents And Takes Own Life After Years Of Suffering From Eczema

Woman Murders Parents And Takes Own Life After Years Of Suffering From Eczema | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Koko was a primary ambassador for her endangered species and touched the lives of millions. She taught the world that communication and empathy between species is possible.

“She was beloved and will be deeply missed,” The Gorilla Foundation said. “Koko’s capacity for language and empathy has opened the minds and hearts of millions.”
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PETA: Destination Empathy: Adventures in Compassion

Destination Empathy let children navigate the golden rule with the help of a fish, elephant, insects and others—whether they spoke the same language or different, have hands or paws, dark skin or light, fur or feathers.

PETA's mission statement is that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way:
http://www.peta.org/about-peta/

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(Empathy and Animals) Humans have MORE empathy for battered dogs than injured people

(Empathy and Animals) Humans have MORE empathy for battered dogs than injured people | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
  • Research suggests we are moved the most by suffering of puppies and children
  • Respondents were significantly less distressed when adults were victimised
  • Dogs are regarded as vulnerable like their younger canine counterparts and kids

 

It seems humans are more moved by the suffering of dogs than people, according to a study.

In new research, scientists described a report about an attack 'with a baseball bat by an unknown assailant' and each time the victim changed.

The study found we are moved the most by the suffering of puppies and children, but battered dogs elicited more empathy than abused humans.

Scientists say this may be because animals are more helpless than humans and less able to defend themselves. 

By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline

 

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(Empathy and Animals) PETA wants to turn E.B. White farmhouse into ‘pig empathy museum’

(Empathy and Animals) PETA wants to turn E.B. White farmhouse into ‘pig empathy museum’ | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
An outspoken animal rights group wants the Maine farmhouse of late children’s book author E.B. White to be converted into a “pig empathy museum.”

White’s book “Charlotte’s Web” is about farm animals who talk to each other and prominently features a pig named Wilbur. The 1952 book is one of the bestselling children’s books of all time and has been the source material for multiple feature-length movies in the decades since its release.
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(Empathy and Animals) The PETA Empathy Center

(Empathy and Animals) The PETA Empathy Center | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
 
The PETA Empathy Center—located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and just down the road from the Bob Barker Building, PETA’s West Coast headquarters—will host a variety of events geared toward teaching the values of justice, respect, understanding, and compassion for all living beings, regardless of race, religion, ability, gender, or specie
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(Empathy and Animals) Animal emotions and empathy with Frans de Waal

Do animals show empathy? Are there any signs of morality in animal societies? Can a monkey distinguish right from wrong? And what are the standards of what is right and what is not? Does morality evolve in time both for human societies and animal societies?

It is hard to imagine that empathy—a characteristic so basic to the human species that it emerges early in life, and is accompanied by strong physiological reactions—came into existence only when our lineage split off from that of the apes. It must be far older than that. Examples of empathy in other animals would suggest a long evolutionary history to this capacity in humans.

 

Over the last several decades, we’ve seen increasing evidence of empathy in other species. Emotions suffuse much of the language employed by students of animal behavior -- from "social bonding" to "alarm calls" -- yet are often avoided as explicit topic in scientific discourse.

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Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats: Communication within the brain is key to empathetic decision-making

Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats: Communication within the brain is key to empathetic decision-making | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Duke researchers tracked how signals ping back and forth within the brain during empathic decision-making in rats.  

 

By combining electrical monitoring of neural activity with machine learning, a team of neuroscientists has tuned into the brain chatter of rats engaged in helping other rats. The results clarify earlier conflicting findings on the role of specific brain regions, such as the insula, in guiding antisocial and psychopathic behavior, and may shed light on how to encourage altruistic behavior in humans.

 

 

Jana Schaich Borg, Sanvesh Srivastava, Lizhen Lin, Joseph Heffner, David Dunson, Kafui Dzirasa, Luis de Lecea. Rat intersubjective decisions are encoded by frequency-specific oscillatory contextsBrain and Behavior, 2017; 7 (6): e00710 DOI: 10.1002/brb3.710

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(Empathy and Animals) Want to raise empathetic kids? Get them a dog.

(Empathy and Animals) Want to raise empathetic kids? Get them a dog. | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Here are five ways in which pets can help children develop their EQ. 

 

  1. By developing empathy
  2. By teaching responsibility and boosting self-esteem
  3. By reducing stress
  4. By helping a child learn to read
  5. By helping children express their emotions

 

 

Overview

Summary:   benefits of having a pet,

Definition:
Benefits

  • develop awareness of animals feelings - needs
  • learn to read non verbal feelings 

Training:

Just owning a pet teaches empathy.
Author: 

Denise Daniels is a child development and parenting expert specializing in the social and emotional development of children.

References: 

  • Robert Poresky of Kansas State University, has shown a correlation between attachment to a pet and higher empathy scores.

 

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Horse Owner Empathy and Our Equine Veterinarians –

Horse Owner Empathy and Our Equine Veterinarians – | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Issues of mental health, well-being, and suicide among vets are important ones that veterinary organizations worldwide have made a priority.

 

I understand that the stresses our equine vets face are just a piece of the puzzle, but it’s a valuable piece. As several of my sources for the feature story said, owners need not feel responsible for their vets’ mental health or well-­being. But a little effort to understand the professionals who care for our horses, a little perspective, a little empathy, never hurt anyone.

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Animal emotions and empathy with Frans de Waal 

Find more about Science and Cocktails, and awesome science talks at Do animals show empathy?

Are there any signs of morality in animal societies?

Can a monkey. Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait.

 

But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of. Science journalist Lone Frank speaks with professor Frans de Waal, who is doing research into non-human animals and non-human animal behaviour at Emory University i Atlanta, Georgia, among.

 

What happens when you pay two monkeys unequally? Watch what happens. An excerpt from the TED Talk: "Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals." Watch the whole talk here:

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Frans de Waal, Animal Emotions and Empathy, Munich, Part 1  

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Dogs will rush to comfort owners when they sense trouble—study  

Dogs will rush to comfort owners when they sense trouble—study   | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Dogs were found to be more emotionally attuned to their owners and would rush to comfort them when the animals sense something is wrong.

A study on this behavior, titled “Timmy’s in the well: Empathy and prosocial helping in dogs,” was published in the journal Learning and Behavior. The researchers observed how dogs would react if their owners exhibited signs of distress.

During their experiments, dogs were placed in an enclosure with a clear glass door. The researchers measured how the animals would react after seeing and hearing their owners through the door. The dogs could also go to their master through the magnetized door. The researchers found half of the dogs would approach their respective owners immediately upon seeing them through a clear glass door. However, they also found the dogs would rush to their owners three times faster when they hear crying.

 

By: Alfred Bayle 

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Study: Dogs can feel empathy, regulate stress similar to humans

Study: Dogs can feel empathy, regulate stress similar to humans | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

by NED DYMOKE

Dogs are fantastic. I could probably write an entire novel up top here about how great dogs are. On a scale of 1 to 10, dogs are 2,000. Did you know dogs have a sense of time? Dogs are so insanely, unequivocally cool, that—(It is at this point that Editor-in-chief Orion Jones interrupts your correspondent here, writer Ned Dymoke, and tells him to keep things moving.) 

A recent study from the journal Learning and Behavior shows that dogs both feel and act upon empathy. 

 

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Frans de Waal: Great Apes and the Gift of Empathy

Frans de Waal: Great Apes and the Gift of Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

The legendary primatologist reflects on primates’ capacity for tender loving care.

 

Biologist Frans de Waal studies the complex emotional life of apes—including how chimpanzees resolve conflicts. Here, de Waal discusses his subjects’ true capacity for fairness, reciprocity, and empathy, and how human beings measure up.

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How do dogs and people respond to a crying baby?

How do dogs and people respond to a crying baby? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
There have been many studies showing that animals (e.g. rodents, birds, chimps) experience distress or concern (empathic response) when observing either kin or non-kin in distress. For example, giving electric shocks to rats and pigeons.

 

The observer experienced a change both behaviourally and physiologically, and these responses are often considered as an experience of emotional contagion, an elementary form of empathy. Emotional contagion is essentially the spreading of all forms of emotion from one person (or animal) to another (like the spreading of joy or distress through a crowd - think of a flash mob dance effect filtering through a crowd)2.

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(Empathy and Animals) California study: Pets don’t improve kids’ health

(Empathy and Animals) California study: Pets don’t improve kids’ health | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, having a dog or cat in the home does not improve the mental or physical health of children, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The findings, published online by the journal Anthrozoos, are from the largest-ever study to explore the belief that pets can improve children’s health by increasing physical activity and strengthen young people’s empathy skills.

“We could not find evidence that children from families with dogs or cats are better off either in terms of their mental well-being or their physical health,” said Layla Parast, a co-author of the study and a statistician at RAND, a nonprofit research organization.
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(Empathy and Animals) Pets DON'T boost your child's health, claim researchers

(Empathy and Animals) Pets DON'T boost your child's health, claim researchers | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Pets DON'T boost your child's health, claim 'surprised' researchers behind the findings of the biggest study yet

  • The largest study on the topic as of yet has dismissed the widely-held theory 
  • Researchers behind the findings claim there to be 'no evidence' of any such links
  • Instead, family income, language skills and housing play more important roles

 

 

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(Empathy and Animals) Study: Toward a cross-species understanding of empathy

(Empathy and Animals) Study: Toward a cross-species understanding of empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
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.

 

 Jaak Panksepp

 Jules B. Panksepp

 

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(Empathy and Animals) Canine Empathy: Is It Real?

(Empathy and Animals) Canine Empathy: Is It Real? | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

In a study recently published in Animal Cognition, dogs displayed emotional contagion after hearing negative emotional sounds from humans and other dogs. This was the first study on canine empathy to compare dogs’ behavioral responses to negative and positive emotional sounds, “[increasing] our knowledge on animal emotions and behavior,” the investigators wrote.
 
Empathy is the ability to recognize and share another individual’s emotions. Emotional contagion is a social phenomenon, previously defined as “an automatic and unconscious emotional state-matching between two individuals.” Various species, including primates and rodents, can demonstrate emotional contagion. Notably, dogs exhibit intraspecies and interspecies emotional contagion, making them an ideal model to study this concept.

 

By JoAnna Pendergrass 

 

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(Empathy and Animals) Why Having A Pet Teaches Your Child Empathy

(Empathy and Animals) Why Having A Pet Teaches Your Child Empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Here are three ways that pets help with emotional development in children:

  1. Teaches responsibility...
  2.  Helps cultivate empathy.
    Kids are inherently focused on their own needs, so having to take to care for a pet will teach them to focus on the needs of others...
  1. Develops compassion...
  2. + Increases emotional intelligence 
  3. + Think of others instead of just self.


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Summary:  Some of the benefits of children having pets.

Benefits:

  * focus on the feelings of others...

  * Learn to read no verbal feelings


Training:
* Just having a pet trains kids in empathy skills


Author: Waldo 

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University of Parma: rats too are capable of empathy

University of Parma: rats too are capable of empathy | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it

Cohabitation between a male rat and a familiar rat of the same age submitted to social stress activates a behaviour similar to empathy.

This is the result of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Parma, published in the prestigious international journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

 

The study showed that an animal experiencing acute stress after having been defeated by an aggressive rat, induces a high degree of emotional contagion in its cagemate that exhibits a higher heart rate, high levels of circulating corticosterone and social anxiety. 

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