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  1. Interacting with a computer-simulated pet: Factors influencing children's humane attitudes and empathy

    Contributor(s):: Tsai, Yueh-Feng, Kaufman, David

  2. Practical Work at School Reduces Disgust and Fear of Unpopular Animals

    Contributor(s):: Randler, C., Hummel, E., Prokop, P.

    Disgust and fear are basic emotions that protect humans against pathogens and/or predators. Natural selection favored individuals who successfully escaped or avoided harmful animals; thus animals who pose a disease threat activate aversive responses in humans. However, all these animals who are...

  3. The Origins of Empathy and Altruism

    Contributor(s):: B. Hollenbeck, M. Radke-Yarrow, C. Zahn-Waxler

    We will describe theories and research that try to explain the development, especially in children, of sensitivity to the needs of others. Are children born with empathy? Is it instinctive or learned? What kinds of changes do humane feelings and behaviors undergo as children develop? How do the...

  4. The effects of interacting with a computer-simulated virtual pet dog on children's empathy and humane attitudes

    Contributor(s):: Tsai, Yueh-Feng

    Research has shown that children’s caring for, or owning, a real pet animal is associated with higher levels of empathy and more positive attitudes toward the humane treatment of animals. However, studies that have examined whether a virtual pet animal would have similar associations are...

  5. Children's Attitudes About the Humane Treatment of Animals and Empathy: One-Year Follow up of a School-Based Intervention

    | Contributor(s):: Ascione, Frank R., Weber, Claudia V.

    This study assessed the maintenance of the effect of a year-long school-based humane education program on fourth grade children's attitudes toward animals. Generalization to human-directed empathy was also measured. Using a pretest-posttest (Year 1) follow-up (Year 2) design and ANCOVA, we...