The brain's reward system plays a key role in helping behaviors and empathy.
Reducing sensitivity to physical pain resulted in a reduction of pain empathy toward others, a study found. The results suggest a possible neurobiological link between pain and empathy.
Cats may help increase empathy while reducing symptoms of separation anxiety in children with autism, a new study reports.
Methylation of the oxytocin gene OXT was associated with maternal personal distress, resulting in harsher parenting. OXT methylation was also negatively correlated with gray matter in the right inferior temporal gyrus.
When a rat helps another within its social group, brain areas associated with reward and motivation become more active. This does not occur when a rat is faced with the prospect of helping another rat outside its social group. Researchers say the findings may provide a better understanding of similar social biases in humans.
Encouraging empathy helps to improve creativity in school-aged children, a new study reveals.
Researchers have created a robot that can learn to visually predict how its partner will behave. This could help robots get along with other robots and humans more intuitively.
Playing with dolls as a small child helps develop social skills and empathy. Doll play activates the posterior superior temporal sulcus, an area of the brain associated with social processing and behaviors.