The Critical Importance of Kindness
From www.theatlantic.com -December 19, 2014
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
Nurture children with empathy
Wausau Daily Herald
March 22, 2012
Bavolek finds empathy to be "the single most desirable quality in nurturing parenting" because empathy and abuse are "essentially incompatible." Parents who lack empathy might believe that they do not want to "spoil" their children and place great ...
Compassion must be learned
March 21 2012
While public discourse is focused on the taming of fiscal deficits worldwide, it has become clear there is another equally serious gap that must be addressed: the empathy deficit.
Children aren't sociopaths
What Makes Us Human
Psychology Today Blog
November 22, 2010
by Rosemary Joyce, Ph.D.
Very young children can already reach sound moral judgments.
Young children-- as young as 3 years old-- decline to cooperate with people who have done something antisocial in their presence.
The Regularities of Giving
Wired Science | Wired.com
By Samuel Arbesman
May 9, 2012
Prosocial behavior — generosity, altruism, and other behaviors that promote the social welfare of society — are not unpredictable. Just like many other human behaviors, when examined in the aggregate, they exhibit all sorts of regularities. People cooperate in certain predictable ways, and there are certain scaling laws between prosocial behaviors and the sizes of cities. Well, charity also obeys certain quantitative rules.
Studies indicate that children's health is boosted by having pets
By Lorrie Shaw
Jul 21, 2012
Studies indicate that children's health is boosted by having pets - but are there other benefits as well?
Genetic and Neuro-Physiological Basis for Hyper-Empathy
Psychology TodayMarch 11, 2012 by
Sandra Brown, M.A.
From: Greater Good
Kindness Makes You Happy... and Happiness Makes You Kind
September 6, 2011
New research suggests that once you start doing nice things for other people, you might not want to stop.
Feeling Connected Makes Us Kind
September 15, 2011
A recent study suggests that our social connections inspire altruism.
From: MIT News
Moral judgments can be altered ... by magnets
March 30, 2010
By disrupting brain activity in a particular region, neuroscientists can sway people’s views of moral situations.
Researchers Argue Non-Human Empathy Studies
Empathy–recognizing and sharing feelings experienced by another individual– is a key human trait and to understand its evolution, numerous studies have looked for evidence of it in non-human animals.
Empathy's neural mechanism
Aug 14, 2012 in News
Recently, the neural network of ToM responsible for interpreting the full meaning behind a single remark has been identified.
Brain Structure and Moral Attitudes
Red States, Blue States, Gray Matter
August 10, 2012 • By Tom Jacobs
Researchers report people’s attitudes toward moral issues can be traced in part to differences in the structure of their brains.
Emotions Key to Judging Others
Mar 25, 2010
Study offers a new piece to the puzzle of how the human brain constructs morality.
No Excuses – Empathy Needed
Empathy is an essential quality for effective care-giving. No excuses. What I mean by that is: As Care-givers–We have No Excuse Not to Show Empathy! I know: You're exhausted, frustrated, hungry, down, misunderstood, unappreciated, overworked and ...
Intangible Dividend of Antipoverty Effort: Happiness
By SABRINA TAVERNISE
September 20, 2012
Equality and empathy may curb domestic violence
Macon Telegraph (blog)
September 25, 2012
By Bruce Conn
Compassionate Meditation Can Boost Empathy
By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 5, 2012
New research suggest a compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve an individual’s ability to read the emotions of others.
Understanding Why Autistic People May Reject Social Touch healthland.time.com
Mar 19, 2012
Area of the Brain That Processes Empathy Identified
ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2012) — An international team led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York has for the first time shown that one area of the brain, called the anterior insular cortex, is the activity center of human empathy, whereas other areas of the brain are not. The study is published in the September 2012 issue of the journal Brain.
X. Gu, Z. Gao, X. Wang, X. Liu, R. T. Knight, P. R. Hof, J. Fan. Anterior insular cortex is necessary for empathetic pain perception. Brain, 2012; 135 (9): 2726 DOI:10.1093/brain/aws199
Decoding our good side
By Kevin Spurgaitis
United Church Observer
In recent years, neuroscientists have begun to illuminate this idea, tracing the evolutionary origins of empathy and uncovering the genes that dispose some individuals to senseless violence and others to acts of altruism.
7 Facts about Empathy - Goodnet
American economist and political advisor Jeremy Rifkin explains in Empathic Civilisation why we need to rethink the human narrative, and base it on empathy and compassion rather than aggression and animosity. History, biology and sociology of the human race prove it’s possible.
Tune in to the following 7 facts about empathy and watch this video.
Want to be More Generous? Follow Your Gut, Harvard Study Suggests
September 19, 2012
Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe
Want to be a more generous, cooperative person?
David Rand, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University led the work. “People cooperate a lot, but not always. So, from a cognitive perspective: Why? Or how?” Working with evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak , who studies the evolution of cooperation, and psychology professor Joshua Greene , who studies the cognitive basis of moral judgments . . .
Babies can read your mind! Research shows one-year-olds can guess thoughts through empathy
By DAMIEN GAYLE
31 January 2013
At Ten Months Old Infants Are Able To Understand Thought Process Of Others
From www.medicalnewstoday.com - November 3, 2011
New research from the University of Missouri indicates that at 10 months, babies start to understand another person's thought process, providing new insights on how humans acquire knowledge and ho...
- What is Hate? >
The Roots of Hate
- Early Imprints >
- What Are We Doing To Our Children? >
- Effects of Trauma and Abuse >
- Causes and Effects of Bullying
- Trauma, bigotry, violence linked
- Authoritarian Upbringings >
- Absolutism and Insularity >
- Papers: Early Roots of Prejudice
- Impaired Cognition >
- The Violent Brain >
- Roots of Violence and Cruelty >
- Ghosts of the Past >
How Hate Manifests
- Hate in the News >
- Social Defenses >
- Fanning the Flames >
How We Fool Ourselves
Brain and Belief
- Search for Certainty >
- Index: All Biases, Distortions and Influences
- Overview of Topics
- Enhancing Emotional and Social Skills >
Building Reflective Minds
- Cross-cultural Awareness >
- Media Awareness >
- Teaching an Honest History >
- Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility >
- Ethics Training >
- Whole Child Learning >
- Social Support and Inclusion >
- Helping Children in Dire Conditions >
- Preventing Violence and Bullying >
- Standing Up To Prejudice, Racism, and Bigotry >
- Training Our Protectors >
- Healing the Hurt >
- Educating Our Leaders >
- Resolving Conflict >
- Israel-Palestine >
- Promoting Dignity >
- Healing the Ghosts of the Past >
- Restorative Justice >
- Confronting Mass Atrocities >
- Social Advances >
- More Solutions >