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Autism linked to less empathy in general population -- but that may not be a bad thing
The psychologists behind the research hope their insights can help the autistic community and those around them in adapting support available. (2019-06-07)
Seeing disfigured faces prompts negative brain and behavior responses
A new study led by Penn Medicine researchers, which published today in Scientific Reports, found that people have implicit negative biases against people with disfigured faces, without knowingly harboring such biases. (2019-05-29)
The power of empathy in product development
'Subtle things, such as imagining how someone else would feel, can have a huge impact on creativity in general,' says UConn's Kelly Herd. (2019-05-28)
Why creative experts may be better at imagining the future
Humans use imagination a lot, whether it be thinking about what's for dinner later tonight or trying to imagine what someone else on the other side of the world may be experiencing after reading the news. (2019-05-08)
Responding to extremist attacks: For Muslim leaders, 'It's damned if you do, damned if you don't'
Muslim leaders face a perilous task when asked to publicly respond to violent attacks carried out by Muslim extremists. (2019-04-30)
Bosses who put their followers first can boost their business
Companies would do well to tailor training and recruitment measures to encourage managers who have empathy, integrity and are trustworthy -- because they can improve productivity, according to new research from the University of Exeter Business School. (2019-04-25)
Schadenfreude: Your pain is my gain
If someone in the workplace is mistreated, their colleagues may respond with empathy -- or with schadenfreude. (2019-04-24)
Empathy often avoided because of mental effort
Even when feeling empathy for others isn't financially costly or emotionally draining, people will still avoid it because they think empathy requires too much mental effort, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-04-22)
Brain wiring differences identified in children with conduct disorder
Behavioural problems in young people with severe antisocial behaviour -- known as conduct disorder -- could be caused by differences in the brain's wiring that link the brain's emotional centres together, according to new research led by the University of Birmingham. (2019-04-18)
Testosterone and cortisol modulate the effects of empathy on aggression in children
The study conducted in the UPV/EHU's Department of Basic Psychological Processes and their Development on 139 eight-year-old children has concluded that low levels of testosterone and high levels of empathy may explain the low levels of aggressive behaviour in girls; and that the low levels of empathy and high levels of cortisol may account for high levels of aggressive behaviour in boys. (2019-04-16)
I feel you: Emotional mirror neurons found in the rat
Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have found that the rat brain activates the same cells when they observe the pain of others as when they experience pain themselves. (2019-04-11)
Animal-assisted therapy improves social behavior in patients with brain injuries
Animal-assisted therapy can foster social competence in patients with brain injuries and increase their emotional involvement during therapy. (2019-04-09)
Empathy and cooperation go hand in hand
Despite sometimes selfish instincts, cooperation abounds in human societies. Using mathematical models to explore this complex feature of social behavior, a University of Pennsylvania-led team shows that the act of taking another person's perspective -- a form of empathy -- supports the persistence of cooperation and altruism. (2019-04-09)
Are you with me? New model explains origins of empathy
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute and the Santa Fe Institute have developed a new model to explain the evolutionary origins of empathy and other related phenomena, such as emotional contagion and contagious yawning. (2019-04-08)
OHIO study: Acetaminophen can reduce positive empathy for others
A new study by an Ohio University faculty member showed that acetaminophen limited positive empathy a person has for others while taking it. (2019-04-08)
Autism brings qualities which help at home and at work, study shows
Autism enhances characteristics such as loyalty and focus which help those with the condition at work and in their relationships with others, experts have found. (2019-04-05)
A simple strategy to improve your mood in 12 minutes
We all have a remedy -- a glass of wine or a piece of chocolate -- for lifting our spirits when we're in a bad mood. (2019-03-27)
Abandon the term 'second victim' say families of patients who died after medical errors
Families of patients who died after medical errors argue that it's time to abandon the term 'second victim' to describe doctors who are involved in a medical error. (2019-03-27)
Generic advice doesn't help patients drop pounds
When it comes to losing weight, doctors' messages to their patients can make a powerful difference, according to new research from Duke University. (2019-03-20)
Research suggests adoption assessment tool lags behind societal changes
A UBC researcher says a tool to assess potential adoptive parents does not meet the needs of lesbian, gay or gender minority adults. (2019-03-08)
Happy in marriage? Genetics may play a role
People fall in love for many reasons -- similar interests, physical attraction, and shared values among them. (2019-02-28)
Let's dance!
Research shows that dance supports wellbeing, improves group spirit, and boosts learning. (2019-02-19)
Human enhancement: Is it good for society?
Human enhancement technologies are opening up tremendous new possibilities. But they're also raising important questions about what it means to be human. (2019-02-11)
Beyond romance
Love can make us do crazy things. It often prompts us to behave in counterintuitive ways, like, for example, placing the wellbeing of our loved ones above our own. (2019-02-11)
MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users
Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests. (2019-02-08)
Adults with autism can read complex emotions in others
New research shows for the first time that adults with autism can recognise complex emotions such as regret and relief in others as easily as those without the condition. (2019-01-07)
Online mirrors: Video bloggers and viewers share emotions
Examining over 2,000 video blogs, or vlogs on YouTube, researchers from Tilburg University found we mirror the emotions of those we see online and seek out people who share our emotions. (2018-12-27)
Activating parts of the brain could help alleviate opioid-related social isolation
One of the many painful and challenging aspects of the US opioid crisis is that people abusing opioids often isolate themselves from family and friends, making it difficult for loved ones to help people on a path towards recovery. (2018-12-10)
Why feeling empathy could lead former drug users to relapse
Empathy, the awareness of another's feelings and emotions, is a key feature in normal social interactions. (2018-12-10)
Parents: Take a timeout before you force your child to apologize
Parents who force unremorseful kids to apologize to others before they're truly sorry may do more harm than good. (2018-11-26)
Teen personality traits linked to risk of death from any cause 50 years later
Personality traits evident as early as the teenage years may be linked to a heightened or lessened risk of death around 50 years later, suggests observational research of 'baby boomers,' published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2018-11-20)
College of Medicine at NEOMED takes first place at Directors of Clinical Skills Conference
Northeast Ohio Medical University earned top honors for its poster presentation, 'Teaching and Fostering Empathetic Touch and Eye Gaze,' at the Directors of Clinical Skills (DOCS) Annual Meeting held in Austin, Texas, Nov. (2018-11-15)
Largest ever study of psychological sex differences and autistic traits
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have completed the world's largest ever study of typical sex differences and autistic traits. (2018-11-12)
Could machines using artificial intelligence make doctors obsolete?
The technology of these tools is evolving rapidly. Standalone machines can now perform limited tasks raising the question of whether machines will ever completely replace doctors? (2018-11-07)
Empathetic machines favored by skeptics but might creep out believers
Most people would appreciate a chatbot that offers sympathetic or empathetic responses, according to a team of researchers, but they added that reaction may rely on how comfortable the person is with the idea of a feeling machine. (2018-10-31)
Schadenfreude sheds light on darker side of humanity
Psychologists propose a novel framework to systematically explain schadenfreude, a common, yet poorly understood, emotion. (2018-10-23)
Does putting the brakes on outrage bottle up social change?
While outrage is often generally considered a hurdle in the path to civil discourse, a team of psychologists suggest outrage -- specifically, moral outrage -- may have beneficial outcomes, such as inspiring people to take part in long-term collective action. (2018-10-23)
Virtual reality may encourage empathic behavior
Virtual reality could be a useful tool to encourage empathy, helpful behavior, and positive attitudes towards marginalized groups, according to a study published Oct. (2018-10-17)
Virtual reality can help make people more compassionate compared to other media
Stanford researchers found that people who underwent a virtual reality experience, called 'Becoming Homeless,' were more empathetic toward the homeless and more likely to sign a petition in support of affordable housing than other study participants. (2018-10-17)
Men in leadership gain from psychopathic behavior, women punished
People with psychopathic tendencies are slightly more likely to be a company boss, but a new study finds men are allowed a pass for those inclinations while women are punished. (2018-10-15)
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