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Where does morality come from?

When I grew up, I used to think of morality as¬†something I’d learnt from my parents, from school or even from religion. But learning how empathy is hard-wired in us, how our brains change in response to our environment, how resilient and how fragile we are, has completely changed the …

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Changing the way we teach

Brain activity in the amygdala underlies both our ability to empathise and our ability to experience fearful emotions (Humeau et al, 2007). Herein lies the catch: in order to facilitate effective learning, parents and teachers have for a long time relied on fear as a motivating force. This approach does …

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Morality in the brain

Neuroscience has shown that every mental state, every thought and feeling, has a physical representation in the brain. The mind is what …

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Anatomy of Empathy

Brain activity in the amygdala underlies both our ability to empathise and our ability to experience fearful emotions (Humeau et al, 2007). …

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Evolution of Purpose

According to widely accepted Darwinian principles, any complexity that exists in the natural world is the product of the twin mechanisms of …

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The ripple effect of empathy

When children are shown videoclips with situations where they see people suffering pain by coincidence, neural circuits related to pain are being …

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What is empathy?

Empathy has many different definitions. These definitions encompass a broad range, from caring for other people and having a desire to help …