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  • Notes on Virtue

    By Peter Lawler, The Big Think An excerpt: So we've basically completed our two-year series of conferences, publications, and such at Berry College funded by a grant from the Science of Virtues project at the University of Chicago. My concluding presentation—following directions—is about saying what...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • Jailbreak Rat: Selfless Rodents Spring Their Pals and Share Their Sweets

    By Ferris Jabr, Scientific American An excerpt: The English language is not especially kind to rats. We say we "smell a rat" when something doesn't feel right, refer to stressful competition as the "rat race," and scorn traitors who "rat on" friends. But rats don't...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • Five Best: Novel Approaches to Kindness

    By Linda Grant, Wall Street Journal An excerpt: Life and Fate , by Vassily Grossman (1959) An old Russian woman, seeing a captured German soldier, raises a brick to throw at him, but at the last moment she instead hands him a piece of bread. The woman has no idea why she does this and in the years to...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • The Modesty Manifesto

    3/11/11 By David Brooks, The New York Times We’re an overconfident species. Ninety-four percent of college professors believe they have above-average teaching skills. A survey of high school students found that 70 percent of them have above-average leadership skills and only 2 percent are below average...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • Bad Charity? (All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt!)

    By Nick Wadhams from Time. "In the history of foreign aid, it looked pretty harmless: a young Florida businessman decided to collect a million shirts and send them to poor people in Africa. Jason Sadler just wanted to help. He thought he'd start with all the leftover T-shirts from his advertising...
     Posted by: cait
  • How Not to Raise a Bully: The Early Roots of Empathy

    By Maia Szalavitz from Time. "Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age. Over the past decade, research in empathy — the ability to put ourselves in another person's...
     Posted by: cait
  • Why Watching Oprah Makes you a Better Person

    By Rachel Rettner from msnbc . Other people's good deeds inspire the rest of us, study suggests. "The warm and fuzzy feelings you may experience after watching others perform virtuous deeds may in turn lead you to act altruistically as well, according to a new study based on the results of two...
     Posted by: cait
  • Forgiveness triumphs over evil

    by Geoff Pursinger from The Tigard Times "Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener stood before a group of more than 2,000 students at Tigard High School, Jan. 11, delivering a message of tolerance and forgiveness at the school’s annual Human Rights Assembly. Wiener, 83, spoke about his early life growing...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Socially Awkward? Check Your Genes

    by Michael Torrice from Science "Some people can read your face and know you've had a bad day. Others seem oblivious. Now, researchers have pinpointed a genetic explanation for why some people are better empathizers than others. Empathy is crucial for our everyday social interactions. Neuroscientists...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness

    by Natalie Angier from NYT "As the festival of mandatory gratitude looms into view, allow me to offer a few suggestions on what, exactly, you should be thankful for... Above all, be thankful for your brain’s supply of oxytocin, the small, celebrated peptide hormone that, by the looks of it, helps...
     Posted by: wattawa
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  • Empathy, Perspective Taking And Personal Values As Predictors Of Moral Schemas (2010)

    By Liisa Myyrya, Soile Juujaumlrvi and Kaija Pesso The aim of this study was to clarify the relationships between empathy variables, personal values and moral reasoning. The impact of empathic concern, perspective taking and personal values measured by the Portrait Value Questionnaire on moral schemas...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Empathy in the Context of Philosophy (2010)

    A substantial amount of research has been devoted to the concept of empathy. However, empathy remains controversial, under-theorized, and subject to conflicting and opportunistic uses. Its systematic role in human experience has not been analyzed and interpreted from top to bottom. Keeping in mind the...
    (My publication) Posted by: lagosta
  • The Relationship Between Empathy-Related Constructs and Care-Based Moral Development in Young Adulthood (2010)

    By Eva E. A. Skoe This study examined the link between care-based moral reasoning and three different aspects of empathy—perspective taking, sympathy and personal distress. Participants were 30 female and 28 male students, ranging in age from 20 to 42 years. As expected, results showed that perspective...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Mouse Brains Wired for Empathy? (2010)

    by François Grenier and Andreas Lüthi " A study in this issue reports that mice can be fear conditioned through observation of other mice receiving aversive stimuli and identifies some of the brain regions involved in this observational fear learning. Do mice have empathy? This question may elicit...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: wattawa
  • Moral Apes, Human Uniqueness, and the Image of God (2009)

    By Oliver Putz Recent advances in evolutionary biology and ethology suggest that humans are not the only species capable of empathy and possibly morality, suggesting that the concept of the imago Dei could be extended to accommodate moral species other than our own. Read the article . Image from Flickr...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • The Empathy Gap (2009)

    By J.D. Trout "The Empathy Gap is, with the author's words, a "story of the American freedom", as seen from the point of view of psychology of behavior and decision-making. With a friendly style of discoursing and down-to-earth examples the author explains why, what we think as freedom...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • An Integrated View of Empathy: Psychology, Philosophy, and Neuroscience (2009)

    Abstract: In this paper, we will examine and untangle a conflict mainly between a developmental psychologist, Martin Hoffman and a social psychologist, Daniel Batson. According to Hoffman, empathic distress, a vicarious feeling through empathy, is transformed into an altruistic motivation. Batson and...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
  • Insecure attachment and depressive symptoms: The mediating role of rumination, empathy, and forgiveness (2009)

    This article considers psychological disorders in the light of several virtues and vices. Abstract : The authors investigated the associations between attachment, empathy, rumination, forgiveness, and depressive symptoms via the framework of attachment theory. Participants (N = 221; 141 F and 80 M) completed...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
  • Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Pain (2004)

    Abstract: Our ability to have an experience of another's pain is characteristic of empathy . Using functional imaging, we assessed brain activity while volunteers experienced a painful stimulus and compared it to that elicited when they observed a signal indicating that their loved one—present in...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: admin
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  • Empathy and Virtue

    By Richard Miller Principal Investigator : Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations Inquiry into matters of empathy and virtue must proceed today on polemical note. What should prompt disquiet is the fact that recent discussions of empathy romanticize the concept and thus contribute...
     Posted by: agomberg
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