Category Archives: Empathy

Study: Your Generousity Creates More Generousity and Empathy in Others

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Human beings are social beings. The tendency to behave, talk and walk like others is what we call conformity, which has been documented in various studies. Continue reading

You May Empathize More With Attractive Others, Study Shows

New research shows that we are more likely to imitate the behaviors of an attractive person, which reflects the tendency to empathize more with attractive others.

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Are We More Connected to our Family and Friends? Yes, Brain Study Shows

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A brain study by Beckes and colleagues (2013) shows how familiarity increases empathy, making the boundary between self and other less clear.

The researchers used a fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) technique to examine the participants’ brain activities in the areas that are thought to be involved in responses to threat. Continue reading

What You Didn’t Know About Your Boss: Possession of Power Changes How the Brain Responds to Others

It is often observed that power can change people. But why is that? A new study by Hogeveen and colleagues (2013) examined this. In short, the study shows that power changes how the brain operates at a very fundamental level. It seems to change the neurological basis for empathy. Continue reading

Does True Altruism Exist?

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Would you help someone in need, and for what reasons?

What is altruism? Altruism is the exact opposite of egoism. It is the selfless, spontaneous, and costly act of giving or helping another individual who shows distress from being in pain or in need, without the expectation of getting something in return. Continue reading