Babies Show Empathy For Victims As Early As 6 Months

Babies display empathy for a bullied victim at only six months of age, report researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Hebrew University. “The findings indicate that even during a baby’s first year, the infant is already sensitive to others’ feelings and can draw complicated conclusions about the context…Continue readingBabies Show Empathy For Victims As Early As 6 Months

Dishonesty Distorts A Person’s Ability To Read Others’ Emotions

Dishonesty diminishes a person’s ability to read others’ emotions, or interpersonal cognition, according to new research. Furthermore, the consequences snowball – one dishonest act can set in motion even more dishonesty. “It can be a vicious cycle. Sometimes people will tell a white lie and think it’s not a big…Continue readingDishonesty Distorts A Person’s Ability To Read Others’ Emotions

6 Ways to Teach Empathy To Children

The ability to understand the feelings of others is a core quality that contributes to healthy, prosperous relationships and social connections. Parents who know how to foster empathy in their children weren’t born with this knowledge – they learned and applied it. And you can too! This skill can be…Continue reading6 Ways to Teach Empathy To Children

Antidepressants Can Lead To Reduced Responses To Pain Empathy

Antidepressant treatment can lead to impaired empathy regarding perception of pain, and not just the state of depression itself, according to a collaboration involving social neuroscientists, neuroimaging experts, and psychiatrists from the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. Depression is a disorder that often comes along with…Continue readingAntidepressants Can Lead To Reduced Responses To Pain Empathy

Altruistic And Strategic Giving Activate Overlapping Reward Networks

What happens in the brain when people act out of genuine altruism — where there’s nothing in it for them — and when they act with strategic kindness — when there is something to be gained as a consequence – is investigated in new research from psychologists at the University…Continue readingAltruistic And Strategic Giving Activate Overlapping Reward Networks

People With Higher Empathy Process Music Differently In The Brain

Individuals who deeply grasp the pain or happiness of others also differ from others in the way their brains process music, a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas and UCLA suggests. The researchers found that compared to low empathy people, those with higher empathy process familiar music…Continue readingPeople With Higher Empathy Process Music Differently In The Brain

Somatosensory Cortex Plays Role In Prosocial Decision-making

Vicarious somatosensory activations contribute to prosocial decision-making, new work led by investigators from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience suggests. Previous neuroscience studies have shown that when we see somebody in pain our brain activates tactile and emotional regions as if we ourselves were in pain. This study from Selene Gallo…Continue readingSomatosensory Cortex Plays Role In Prosocial Decision-making