Why We Try So Hard to Escape Our Humanity In my mind one of the defining elements of being human is the ability to care about others — not merely to say that we care, but to truly experience that … Continue reading Do we get better at looking away?
Class is still written into our psychology – working class folk are more empathic, selfless, vigilant and fatalistic Social class may seem different today than in the early 20th Century. Former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s comment in 1997 … Continue reading The working-class identity
Residents of racially diverse neighborhoods are more likely to help others What do you look for in a community? How about helpful, giving residents—people who are eager to lend a hand? Recently published research suggests you’re more likely to find … Continue reading Racial empathy
Policy Insights from The Neurocritic: Alarm Over Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen Blocking Emotion Is Overblown Just in time for Valentine’s Day, floats in a raft of misleading headlines: Scientists have found the cure for a broken heart. Painkillers may also mend a … Continue reading Do painkillers kill empathy?
Six Reasons Why People Give Their Money Away, or Not Do you wish you had more money? Most people do. And even though people work hard to earn their money, many give some of it away, often to help strangers. … Continue reading Motivations for donating
Power Causes Brain Damage If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe that he’s sexually magnetic. But can … Continue reading Neurons and power
Can Medical Empathy Survive the Technological Revolution? Last week, over 700 physicians, scientists, technologists, hackers and inventors gathered at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego for the 7th annual Exponential Medicine Conference to explore how the convergence of new technologies … Continue reading Empathy in healthcare