Rats are able to use other rats as danger antennas by attending to the emotions of the rats around them, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience report[1]. With this finding, new targets for treatment of empathy disorders in humans, such as psychopathy and fronto-temporal dementia, could someday be possible. Rats are experts at avoiding… Read more

Moral grandstanding is the use of public moral discourse for self-promotion and status attainment. If you find yourself in an open discussion of morality or politics to impress others with your superior moral qualities, you may be a card-carrying moral grandstander. A new study in PLOS found that grandstanders were more likely to report antagonistic… Read more

Empathy is the basis of our capacity for parent-child bonding as well as cooperation with group members in ways that move societies forward. For example, adolescents with higher empathy become adults with better social skills, higher civic engagement, and greater prosocial skills like helping. Additionally, countries with higher empathy have higher levels of collectivism, subjective… Read more

One day in February 2017, Michel Cadotte, 58, walked into his wife’s room at the long-term care institution where she was living to feed her lunch, a daily ritual for him. Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, his wife of 19 years, had battled Alzheimer’s disease for the past decade. But that day, as Globalnews.ca wrote: He cried… Read more

Whether they are proposing to build a wall or to exit an international coalition, populist politicians like to pitch themselves as keeping ‘outsiders’ at bay, and it clearly strikes a chord with their home crowd. To understand this phenomenon, evolutionary and social psychologists have offered a simple explanation. Humans, we’re told, have a deep-rooted inclination… Read more