Articles on Empathy

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Health professionals needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through, so they can respond appropriately. from shutterstock.com

Are our busy doctors and nurses losing empathy for patients?

With more demand on doctors and nurses and a push for quicker consultations, clinical empathy is being dwarfed by the need for efficiency.
It’s argued art helps people cultivate empathy. Heather/Flickr

Do art and literature cultivate empathy?

Empathy is associated with being drawn to the arts, but do they actively promote it or merely appeal to already sensitive souls?
Students ponder the meaning of Jinamoom by Peggy Griffiths at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Jodie Hutchinson/Ian Potter Museum

Friday essay: can looking at art make for better doctors?

Can empathy be taught to students in the healthcare professions? A groundbreaking project is using visual art to ensure they pay attention to the whole person, not just the disease.
Children learn to share and show concern from an early age. Angela Sevin

Here’s how to raise a child to be sympathetic

Children feel sympathy for others from an early age. Two development psychologists explain how children can learn, based on feelings of sympathy, how to act more thoughtfully.
A little girl in Sudan gets treated by physiotherapist Fatima Mohamed. Reuters/UNAMID/Albert Gonzalez Farran/Handout

Physiotherapy students have much to learn from the humanities

Many medical disciplines have started encouraging their students to embrace lessons from the arts and humanities. Physiotherapy is lagging behind.
Some argue that morality is everywhere, or maybe nowhere, in our brain. Martin Deutsch/Flickr

Is there a moral centre in our brain?

There's no single region in the brain responsible for all moral decision making. But neuroscience research has shown specific brain regions are involved when we're faced with moral dilemmas.

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