The Limits of Empathy
Can attempts to foster empathy through simulation hurt more than they can help?
We Have Friends on Facebook and Everywhere Else, But Are They the Kind We Need?
We may not post about the rough times when we need friends the most. Empathy helps.
The Washington Post
Why Are Humans Violent?
From fights over a parking space, to marauding bands of outlaws, to global conflicts, we seem to be a violent species. What lies behind these episodes of violence?
Five Ways Music Can Make You a Better Person
Can listening to music change your behavior for the better?
Can Empathy Be Learned? Science Offers Some Clues
Researchers say empathy is not only a biological instinct, but also a skill human beings can learn and improve upon.
Religion News Service
Building Empathy: How to Hack Empathy and Get Others to Care More
In a fractured world, can we hack our own sense of empathy and get others to become more empathic?
What Drives Some People To Take Personal Risks To Help Strangers?
Acts of altruism — like saving swimmers caught in a riptide from drowning or donating a kidney to a stranger — are among the thorniest puzzles of human nature, says Abigail Marsh.
13.7: Cosmos & Culture, NPR
How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds
Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens.
The Wall Street Journal
Being Empathetic Is Good, But It Can Hurt Your Health
Stress, anxiety, and even mild depression can result, but there are ways to offer solace.
The Washington Post
Five Limits Your Brain Puts on Generosity
Studies show us various ways our brains limit generosity in different situations (and at different ages).
A New Study Says Loneliness Turns People Selfish
The results, the authors explained, support the idea that loneliness is more than a negative state that pushes us to seek relationships; it also promotes a mindset of self-preservation. The relationship was also present in the opposite direction, with self-centeredness in one year predicting a small increase in loneliness in the next.
What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil
After a killing and a violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the nation wrestles with why we commit such unspeakable acts.
No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value
From Saudi Arabia to Peru, there’s no clear pattern to how compassion works.
Zocalo Public Square
Power Causes Brain Damage
Over time, leaders lose mental capacities — most notably for reading other people — that were essential to their rise.
This Is Your Brain on Empathy
A look into the brain while hearing a sad story reveals the neural roots of caring.
No, You Can’t Feel Sorry for Everyone
The idea of empathy for all ignores the limits of human psychology.
How We See Refugees Could Be Changed by ‘Subtle Shifts’ in Language, Psychologists Find
Simply using phrases like 'refugees in a group' instead of 'a group of refugees' can have dramatic impact, study suggests.
Want to Be More Optimistic? Consider the Triumph of Human Reason
Yale psychologist Paul Bloom has views on empathy, emotion, and rationality that make him a black sheep among his peers.
Does Empathy Have Limits?
Research shows empathy itself does not have any limits. If it appears limited, it is because of people’s goals, values, and choices
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