The 2014 film Ex Machina explored a dystopian vision of what could happen in a world where humans empathise with robots.
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When we include someone (or something) in our moral circle we feel a sense of moral obligation for their treatment. But the factors determining who is in or out are more complicated than you may think.
New research shows that both younger and older siblings uniquely contribute to each others’ empathy development.
New research shows that children who are kind, supportive and understanding influence their siblings to act and behave in similar ways.
Parents can teach empathy by connecting behaviours to feelings when they talk to their kids, to help them understand cause and effect.
Empathy in children can be fostered. Researchers offer three strategies for parents and other caregivers to promote a climate of empathy in the home or classroom.
In this Dec. 3, 2014 photo, liver cancer patient Crispin Lopez Serrano talks to an oncology nurse at a hospital in Clackamas, Ore.
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Great strides have been made in cancer care over the past decades. As World Cancer Day on Feb. 4 approaches, it's important to note the growing role that kindness and empathy play in good care.
An Afghanistan national police officer helps a U.S. Army lieutenant, June 14, 2007. Can honour be restored in today’s international conflicts?
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Nothing displays the ethical superiority of one’s values better than to treat a foe with the respect due another human being.
Tackling tough topics from racism and bullying to Indigenous identity and the holocaust, young adult fiction can challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking. Pictured here, an illustration from ‘Skim’ by Mariko Tamaki, the fictional diary of a depressed Japanese-Canadian girl.
Five novels for young adults that boldly tackle tough issues - from racism, to Indigenous identity and the Holocaust - to cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and at home.
Reading fiction can make you happier, nicer towards others and better focused in your activities.
To counter the unbalanced effects of the digital age, reading literature is the key.
Sometimes a gift that might seem reasonable is no nicer than a stocking full of coal.
Sadly, people sometimes deliberately give bad presents.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children.
The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
Individuals wearing virtual reality headsets often look isolated. But research shows they can experience profound emotions such as awe, which enhance their feelings of social connection and wellbeing.
Research shows that virtual reality experiences can help social disconnection and improve wellness - by inspiring awe.
Charitable donors may share some common traits.
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Donors who support charitable causes have a 'taste' for giving, researchers found.
Taxpayers' money would be better spent on therapies that are proven to work.
World's major religions are concerned about moral behavior. What is the relationship between religious commitment and morality?
... and spend more time with their patients.
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Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
We’re less able to understand others if we ruminate on our own problems.
Having “been there”, we believe we know what it’s like to be our friends in trouble. But do we really?
Trolls tend to downplay the impact of their abusive online behaviour on their victims and seem to relish the mayhem they cause. Let’s use this to help them lift their game.
Trolls tend to know the impact they'll have, but don't seem to care. So, how do we use our new findings to help stop this seemingly pointless, harmful behaviour?
What exactly is outrage?
When outrage is misplaced or excessive, it can have negative consequences for a healthy public discourse.
We tend to consider certain people or roles as privileged and resilient.
If we want doctors to listen, be empathetic, solve complex problems, we need to invest seriously in their well-being.
The Wachowski sisters' TV series is a celebration of empathy and community.