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Empathy: The Root of Our Human Morality.. Is Not of Human Origin

Empathy: The Root of Our Human Morality.. Is Not of Human Origin | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Empathy... feeling what others feel.. the supreme quality of a human being and the root of human social morality... the essence of religion, ethics, conception of good and evil, of what's good and what's bad... What if I told you it is not of human origin, and humans are not the only ones to share it?
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Mirror-Induced Behavior in the Magpie (Pica pica): Evidence of Self-Recognition

Mirror-Induced Behavior in the Magpie (Pica pica): Evidence of Self-Recognition | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Comparative studies suggest that at least some bird species have evolved mental skills similar to those found in humans and apes. This is indicated by feats such as tool use, episodic-like memory, and the ability to use one's own experience in predicting the behavior of conspecifics. It is, however, not yet clear whether these skills are accompanied by an understanding of the self.

 

In apes, self-directed behavior in response to a mirror has been taken as evidence of self-recognition. We investigated mirror-induced behavior in the magpie, a songbird species from the crow family. As in apes, some individuals behaved in front of the mirror as if they were testing behavioral contingencies.

 

When provided with a mark, magpies showed spontaneous mark-directed behavior. Our findings provide the first evidence of mirror self-recognition in a non-mammalian species. They suggest that essential components of human self-recognition have evolved independently in different vertebrate classes with a separate evolutionary history.

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Study Shows Vegans Are More Empathetic, Neurologically Speaking

Study Shows Vegans Are More Empathetic, Neurologically Speaking | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
According to a new study by European researchers, meat-eaters have less empathy—for both animals and people—than vegetarians and vegans do. The researchers recruited 60 volunteers—20 meat-eaters, 21 vegans, and 19 vegetarians—and placed them into an MRI machine while showing them a series of random pictures.

 

The MRI scans revealed that, when observing animal or human suffering, the “empathy-related” areas of the brain are more active among vegetarians and vegans. The researchers even found that there are certain brain areas that only vegans and vegetarians seem to activate when witnessing suffering—animal or human. The vegetarians and vegans also scored significantly higher on an empathy quotient questionnaire than the meat-eaters did.

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Abbi Moyle's curator insight, March 5, 11:46 PM
I have never understood why when I explain to someone why I choose not to eat animals, their responses are commonly aggressive. This study, however, describes why it might be the case.  
 
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Building Empathy Networks

Building Empathy Networks | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
Recognizing we would be most effective working together, the Seattle Aquarium, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, and Woodland Park Zoo launched Measuring Empathy: the Collaborative Assessment Project (MECAP). This grant-funded partnership aimed to create a collective understanding of the best practices for building and measuring empathy at zoos and aquariums. Over the two-year project, we set out to answer some of our most pressing questions:  

What is empathy in the context of zoos and aquariums, and how does it differ from other emotional connections with nature?
How can we make empathy-related work more specific, intentional and effective, both within and across our institutions?
How do we know that we’re being successful in building empathy towards wildlife among our visitors?
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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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Amanda Borges's curator insight, October 9, 2018 1:52 PM
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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Sex, Empathy, Jealousy: How Emotions And Behavior Of Other Primates Mirror Our Own | WBFO

Sex, Empathy, Jealousy: How Emotions And Behavior Of Other Primates Mirror Our Own | WBFO | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
De Waal writes about primate empathy, rivalry, bonding, sex and murder in his new book, Mama's Last Hug. The title of the book was inspired by a tender interaction between a dying 59-year-old chimp named Mama and de Waal's mentor, Jan van Hooff, who had known Mama for more than 40 years.

"People were surprised [by] how humanlike the expression of Mama was and how humanlike her gestures were," de Waal says of the interaction. "I thought, 'Well, everyone knows that chimps are our closest relative, so why wouldn't the way they express their emotions be extremely similar to ours?' But people were surprised by that."

 

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Empathy Initiative - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA

Empathy Initiative - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
To launch this project, Woodland Park Zoo is hosting a symposium January 22 - 24, 2019 in Seattle, WA to bring together experts in a range of topics (animal welfare, behavioral psychology, empathy, conservation) with representatives from zoos and aquariums from across the country.

The symposium will:
  1. Provide introduction and training to the previous work done by the Empathy Initiative,
  2. Facilitate discussion about animal welfare and the perception of welfare,
  3. Provide continuous learning for interested organizations.

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Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees

Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
We share 99% of our DNA with the chimpanzee and the bonobo. And yet we're often surprised to learn that apes, like us, can be both kind and clever. Behavioural biologist and best-selling author, Frans de Waal has spent many years observing our closest living animal relatives. He pioneered studies of kindness and peace-making in primates, when other scientists were focussing on violence, greed and aggression.

 

Empathy, he argues, has a long evolutionary history; and he is determined to undermine our arrogant assumptions of human superiority. Frans talks to Jim Al-Khalili about growing up on the Dutch polders, chimpanzee politics, and the extraordinary sex lives of the bonobos.

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(Empathy and Animals) Empathy Initiative - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA

(Empathy and Animals) Empathy Initiative - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA | Empathy and Animals | Scoop.it
To launch this project, Woodland Park Zoo is hosting a symposium January 22 - 24, 2019 in Seattle, WA to bring together experts in a range of topics (animal welfare, behavioral psychology, empathy, conservation) with representatives from zoos and aquariums from across the country.

The symposium will:
  • Provide introduction and training to the previous work done by the Empathy Initiative,
    Facilitate discussion about animal welfare and the perception of welfare,
  • Provide continuous learning for interested organizations.
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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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