We’re complicated creatures, human beings. We feel happiness and sadness and joy and and anxiety and anticipation and a whole world of other emotions that affect how we act. Every day we make thousands of decisions, including how we will treat others as well as ourselves. Empathy, compassion, and kindness are a major part of our lives and likely serve important roles in promoting survival of a species or group. The intersection of these emotions, attitudes, thoughts and behaviors are very tough to unpack and understand.
Fortunately, scientists have made progress deciphering the human experience to better understand our psychology and the dynamic balance of neurochemicals underlying complex brain functions. Every day, we learn a little bit more about what makes us tick, and what it means to be human. In addition to humans, scientists have also shown that empathy and compassion can be seen in animals, which gives us more insight into the biology of kindness.
Every day, we learn a little bit more about what makes us tick, and what it means to be human.
This section is intended to describe, discuss and connect the concepts of empathy, compassion, and kindness and how they fit in our psychology and biology, providing a scientific foundation for these key human qualities. And while we can’t possibly cover everything, we have and will continue to try to explain the parts most relevant to our work: the parts about the media and its impacts, about kindness, compassion and empathy, and how our brains, bodies and environments intertwine to create our experience.
This section will continue to grow as we do, so please come back and visit us often. It is not intended to be an authoritative source. Rather, our goal is to excite you about important research, provide an overview of contemporary understanding, and make the science as relevant as possible.
So enjoy! And let us know if there are areas we haven’t covered that you’d like to learn more about.