As we get older, we become more discerning about how we spend our empathic energy. Read More
Would women in developed countries have more children if they had robots to help them take care of them? Read More
Does empathy develop from emotional contagion – catching an emotion from someone else? Aren't you more likely to empathize with someone when you can feel as they are feeling? Well, not necessarily. Read More
The right song lyrics or briefest message on the check can make us tip waiting staff more generously. Read More
The helping profession that has people squirming and begging for mercy. Read More
There’s a common belief that having siblings promotes the development of empathy—but is it that simple? Read More
The responsible use of social media needs to be taught at school because it is changing the way children’s empathy and social skills develop. Read More
The emotional attachment of a hoarder to their stuff could stem from an excess of empathy. As if stuff had feelings that could be hurt. Read More
If you really must ruminate—do it in the sunshine but keep busy in bad weather. Read More
“Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock and roll.” Shigeru Myamoto. Just what is the link between violent video games and bad behavior? Read More
Could a link between facial symmetry and anti-social traits be an echo from the dark side of human history? Read More
Perspective-taking means putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes. It helps us to understand other people and it undermines the way we create and maintain stereotypes. Read More
Compassion fatigue is turning doctors away from primary care. Read More
Encouraging children to make music teaches them more than a valuable creative skill—it makes them nicer to each other. Read More
Gillian Ragsdale, Ph.D. is an Associate Lecturer in biological psychology with the Open University, in the U.K.
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