What goes into all for one and one for all?
Where do the cooperative skills that hold together human societies come from and why don't our selfish instincts overwhelm them? Evolutionary game theory suggests that empathy is a crucial contributor.
High school can be a hard place to make friends, but research shows being nice may be all it takes.
We know being nice is good for friendships. But we wanted to find out why some antisocial people are socially successful. So we looked at whether rebels had more friends in high school than nice kids.
Ted Bundy, a day before his execution in January 1989.
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Psychologists are debating whether the presence of one trait – boldness – is the key to determining if someone is a psychopath, or just a garden-variety criminal.
A new study suggests that MDMA could be a useful therapeutic tool.
Your cold, hard list is no match for hot emotions.
A cold, logical list of attributes sought in a partner is cast aside by the hot emotions that come up in real life. A psychology researcher explains how this 'hot-cold empathy gap' works in dating.
To imagine is to form a mental image, to think, believe, dream, picture.
The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley believed that we can exercise our moral imagination 'in the same manner as exercise strengthens a limb'. Here, then, are some tips for fostering empathy through art.
Catnip induces changes in cat behavior.
Catnip can induce changes in cat behavior. An expert argues that giving it to cats raises questions about human power and animal autonomy.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours.
Children start developing empathy and compassion as toddlers and should have a good understanding of generosity by age nine. Here are five thoughtful ways parents can help foster these behaviours.
Two theories on autism and sex differences are confirmed in half a million people.
Training in improvisational theatre enables health professionals to learn deeper empathy, as well as mental agility and other clinical skills.
Health professionals need a dose of drama in their training to build clinical and interpersonal skills.
I’ll try to be there for you 100 percent.
Many dog owners have tales of their faithful companion licking away their tears. Researchers investigated whether, beyond being comforting, canines would actually take action to help an upset owner.
You can’t resist the yawn.
Everybody does it, but why? Scientists aren't really sure if exhaustion, stress or some other social factor is at the root of yawning – and how it can be so contagious.
Turns out some CEOs are genuinely out to make a difference.
It's easy to be cynical about charity drives like the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Are they just PR stunts or can they make a difference beyond fundraising? Our study shows they can, and they do.
Photos and history of Holocaust victims frame the ceiling of the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
White House photo by Chris Greenberg
Foundational to the work of Holocaust educators and many teachers have been the survivors. Given there are fewer survivors who are alive today, how do educators inform future generations?
Sensorium Tests, 2012, 16mm film, 10 minutes.
© Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.
Yawning increases our alertness.
We don't have evidence that can point us to the exact purpose of yawning. But there are several theories.
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Being more caring could lead to more female doctors burning out.
The development of an inclusive environment both at school and at home can help children understand and accept differences and reduce bullying.
As Pink Shirt Day approaches, early childhood educators offer practical strategies for parents and teachers to create an inclusive environment and reduce bullying.
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.