Category Archives: Empathy

Empathy promotes Altruistic behavior in economic interactions

What are the determinants of altruism? While economists assume that altruism is mainly driven by fairness norms, social psychologists consider empathy to be a key motivator for altruistic behavior. To unite these two theories, we conducted an experiment in which we compared … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Empathy: progress, pitfalls and promise

The last decade has witnessed enormous growth in the neuroscience of empathy. Here, we survey research in this domain with an eye toward evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. First, we take stock of the notable progress made by early research in characterizing the neural … Continue reading

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Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain

Empathy is putting oneself in another’s emotional and cognitive shoes and then acting appropriately. The evolutionary process has given rise to a hard-wired neural system, described as “the most radical of human emotions, that equips us to connect with one … Continue reading

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How to Raise a Sympathetic Child

Children learn to share and show concern from an early age. Parents and teachers might often wonder how to teach children caring toward others – more so when the world feels full of disagreement, conflict, and aggression. As development psychologists, … Continue reading

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Teaching Empathy in School

What children do not come by naturally is empathy, the ability to understand another person’s perspective and want to help them. Empathy, as it turns out, is a skill—akin to math or science or writing—that must be taught, over and … Continue reading

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Educação para Desenvolver Competências Socio-emocionais

Uma das saídas para reconectar o indivíduo ao mundo onde vive passa pelo desenvolvimento de competências socioemocionais. Nesse processo, tanto crianças como adultos aprendem a colocar em prática as melhores atitudes e habilidades para controlar emoções, alcançar objetivos, demonstrar empatia, … Continue reading

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The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society

Empathy holds communities together, and humans have evolved into empathetic creatures (and not only humans, but also primates, elephants, even rodents). Humans are hardwired to be altruistic, the result of thousands of years of evolutionary biology that has kept society … Continue reading

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The Altruistic Brain: how We get to be Naturally Good

Since the beginning of recorded history, law and religion have provided “rules” that define good behavior. When we obey such rules, we assign to some external authority the capacity to determine how we should act. Even anarchists recognize the existence … Continue reading

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Toward a cross-species Understanding of Empathy

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 … Continue reading

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Organizing through Empathy

This book challenges the existing paradigm of capitalism by providing scientific evidence and empirical data that empathy is the most important organizing mechanism. The book is unique in that it provides a comprehensive review of the transformational qualities of empathy … Continue reading

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