Here are all the conferences I've found related to empathy and
Let me know of any others, past or upcoming.You can also
for other conferences. Mind &
LIfe Institute also holds many conferences.
This conference consists of an
ongoing series of online Panel Discussions with
empathy and compassion experts
from all fields and walks of life. The panels take place using
Skype and Google Hangouts group video conferencing and are recorded
and placed on Youtube
for viewing at any time.
The overarching theme is to explore what is state of the art in
Restorative Justice (RJ), today and what are future ambitions for engagement
with other disciplines.
The workshop will provide the opportunity to bring together academic
researchers from the RJ, Theatre and Design professions who are concerned in
their existing practice with building empathy. How empathy is built by each
profession and the methods they use are likely to be the subject of lively
The third jubilee seminar organized by the Alvar Aalto
Academy, the Asko Foundation and the Tapani Wirkkala and Rut Bryk Foundation.
In addition to Dr. Prof. Vittorio Gallese , the co-discoverer of mirror
neurons at the University of Parma, keynote lectures will be held by architect
Sarah Robinson, author of the book Nesting: Body, Dwelling, Mind (William
Stout Publishers, 2011), and internationally acclaimed architect, scholar and
editor Harry F. Mallgrave, distinguished Professor of Architectural History
and Theory at Illinois Institute of Technology. The seminar will be chaired by
professor Juhani Pallasmaa.
How does empathy enable social or group identity? Does group membership affect
interpersonal understanding, and how does it modulate empathy along
in-group/out-group divides? Can groups be targets of empathy, or individuals
only? Are collaborating individuals better empathizers?
For thousands of years the art of contemplative practice has
been used to explore the nature of mind and its potential. Today the emerging
science of contemplative practice promises to shed new light on these
essential human questions. Facilitating conversation between these two worlds
may provide a catalytic mutual benefit, exploring how contemplative practice
and scientific research can best inform each other for a greater common good.
Call for Presentations
"Empathy, the will to understand or to attempt to understand others by
imagining what it might feel like to be them; how it might feel to experience
the world from inside their skin, underpins much of our lives. For instance,
it is present in the ways in which people relate to and care for one another
within families and in bigger groups, to the ways in which we communicate with
one another through literature, art, film, advertising and digital media. Many
professions – from nursing, counselling psychotherapy and medicine, to
teaching, product design, architecture, advertising and stand-up comedy,
depend at least partly, on empathic skill."
One of the goals of Compassionate San Francisco is to
prepare for the World Compassion Festival 2015, which is to be a global
event taking place in 100+ cities around the world. We hope to have San
Francisco be the main venue on a global stage.
The Promise Of Empathy
University of Iowa
"Empathy has recently emerged as a topic of critical importance: in the social
in popular political discourse we wonder about the promise of empathy in our
overcome differences of race, religion, or national culture; in the humanities
and fine arts we
hope to facilitate empathy by providing an imaginative reconstruction of our
own or someone
else's experience; in the natural sciences of evolutionary biology and
neurophysiology we are
eager to ground empathy in human nature."
"In the spring semester of 2005, the Scripps College Humanities Institute
program will focus on Empathy. What does it mean to feel (or think) as
another? When we consider the structure and obligations of social
relationships, ourselves and others, justice and equality, reason, emotion,
and values in politics and in social relationships, this is a topic of
February 10: Claudia Strauss: Is Empathy Gendered and If
So, Why? A Perspective from Feminist Psychological Anthropology
January 27: Benjamin Vilhauer: Empathy and Remose
February 17: Jean Decety: The Functional Architecture of Human Empathy
February 17: Evan Thompson: Empathy and Consciousness
February 17: Dorothy Otnow Lewis: Ethical Implications of Pur Knowledge
about Violence: Biopsychosocial Characteristics of Condemned Juveniles
February 28: Stephen Darwall: Empathy, Respect, and the Second-Person
March 2: Jennifer Goltz: Finding the Piece: How a Performer Prepares
March 3: Alison Landsberg: Spectatorial Engagements: Empathy and the
Politics of Identification
March 3: Dominic Lopes: Empathy through Art
March 3: Marion Guck: What Music Elicits: Empathy, Antipathy, and Other
Modes of Response
March 31: William Reddy: Empathizing with What? The Emergent Character of
March 31: Jacqueline Stevens: Empathy Research in the 1950s and 1960s
March 31: George Lakoff: Keynote Address
April 1: Norma Feschbach: "Children's Empathy: Its Potential for Social
Development and Education"
April 1: Virginia Held: "The Caring Person"
April 1: Colin Allen: "From Observation to Empathy for Animals: Is This
April 1: Kenneth Reinhard: "Otherwise than Empathy: The Ethics of the
Neighbor in Lacan and Levinas"
April 7: Christian Hubert: Outside/in: Frank Gehry and Empathy
April 7: Juliet Koss: Thoroughly Modern Empathy
Conference on Neuroesthetics Empathy in the Brain
and in Art - UC Berkeley
"Empathy, one of the most extraordinary feats of the human brain, plays
a major role in social and artistic communication. We empathize with
others and often respond with emotion to their condition. Artists,
photographers, actors and film directors use our capacity to empathize
to give their works heightened emotional appeal. But what are the
neurological foundations of empathy, and on what specialized brain cells
and systems does it depend?"
Frans De Waal
Symposium on Empathy and fairness, held at the Novartis Foundation,
Empathy is the process that allows us to share the feelings and emotions
of others, in the absence of any direct emotional stimulation to the
self. Humans can feel empathy for other people in a wide array of
contexts: for basic emotions and sensation such as anger, fear, sadness,
joy, pain and lust as well as for more complex emotions such as guilt,
embarrassment and love. It has been proposed that, for most people,
empathy is the process that prevents us doing harm to others. This symposium is based on a proposal made by
Chris Frith, Uta Frith, Tania Singer and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Chris Frith - Introduction
Vittorio Gallese - Embodied simulation:
from mirror neuron systems to interpersonal relations
Tania Singer - The neuronal basis of
empathy and fairness
Marc Hauser - What’s fair? The
unconscious calculus of our moral
Josep Call and Keith Jensen -
Chimpanzees may recognize motives and goals,
but may not reckon on them
Nancy Eisenberg - Empathy-related
responding and prosocial behaviour
Paul A. M. Van Lange, Marcello Gallucci,
Johan C. Karremans, Anthon
Klapwijk and Chris Reinders Folmer A social interaction analysis of
empathy and fairness
Raymond A. Mar and C. Neil Macrae
Triggering the intentional
R. James R. Blair Dissociable systems
Ralph Adolphs Looking at other people:
mechanisms for social perception
revealed in subjects with focal amygdala damage
Jonathan Wolff Models of distributive
Frédérique de Vignemont When do we
Robert Frank Cooperation through moral
- Stanford School of Medicine
Presents the 14th Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama and a group of scientists and
Buddhist scholars in dialogue. Talking about spiritual and scientific
explorations of human experience in the areas of craving, suffering and
Wallace , Founder & President, Santa
Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
Brian Wandell , Isaac and Madeline
Stein Family Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Greater Good Science Center - Symposium on Empathy UC Berkeley - Their magazine has a section on empathy.
" Like many pieces of advice, the age-old adages to "put yourself in
someone else's shoes" or "see the world from someone else's perspective"
can sound painfully naïve. Indeed, they seem to go against human nature,
serving as moralistic attempts to rein in our tendencies toward
self-interest. Can we truly understand what other people are thinking or
feeling—and if so, how? Those are the questions at the heart of four
essays in this issue of Greater Good, which homes in on the human
capacity for empathy."
Empathy and the Greater Good
A Greater Good Science Center event on the science and practice of
empathy, featuring Arlie Hochschild, Phil & Carolyn Cowan, Lyssa Mudd,
and Jason Marsh. Introductions by Deirdre English and Dacher Keltner.
Audio is a bit messed up
About Greater Good Center; compassion,
forgiveness, science, etc,
Times of stress due to lack of resources
Studies of family stress
Empathy is a trait - some can be more
empathic - depends on the conditions
Stress, depression, more difficult to be
Some have poor examples from family
How work is divided
Stress outside of family and in society
Childhood development is important
Politicians manipulate social stresses
why do people agree with this?
why do people consent?
contraction of the boundaries of empathy
Bad news can make us more empathic
What can people do?
we don't quite know what empathy is?
In-group and out-groups.
Definition of empathy -
being able to feel the feelings of
I feel your pain and doing something
consistently about it.
How can we arrange life to facilitate
empathy in our family
How to learn family empathy skills and
then on to the political level
There are a lot of levels
Need to start in the formative years
A fake morality is being used -
Q and A
Many demands on your empathy?
To great of expectations for
mass media is creating a market of
families more isolated
Empathy and zero sum?
preoccupied with your own stress.
Doctors and empathy?
A culture of humiliation?
Stress and its negative empathy effects?
Importance of nurture and the long term
2006-06-(22-23) - An
International Interdisciplinary Conference
California State University, Fullerton
The goal of this international interdisciplinary conference is to provide a
forum for interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration addressing the following
questions regarding empathy:
What kind of process is empathy?,
How does empathy differ from related psychological processes?
What role does empathy play in our engagement with fiction?
How do we determine whether or not attempts to empathize are
What role does empathy play in social and
Derek Matravers - Empathy and Knowledge
Heather Battaly - Empathy: Virtue or
Noel Carroll - Solidarity
Amy Coplan - Understanding Empathy: Its
Features and Effects
Peter Goldie - Anti-empathy
Martin L. Hoffman - Empathy,
Justice, and the Law
Jesse Prinz - Is Empathy Necessary for
Murray Smith - Five Problems for Empathy
Kendall Walton - In Alien Shoes
Stephen Davies - Infectious Music:
Music-Listener Emotional Contagion
Paul L. Harris - The Intersection of
Empathy and Testimony in Child Development
Gregory Currie - Empathy, Imitation and
E. Ann Kaplan - Vicarious Trauma or
'Empty' Empathy?--Images of Catastrophe in the Public Sphere
2006-2009 - Autonomy Singularity Creativity
(ASC) Conference - National Humanities Center
"A small but growing number of philosophers, literary
scholars, and other humanistic thinkers has turned to the work of computational
scientists, primatologists, cognitive scientists, biologists, neuroscientists,
and others in their attempts to gain a contemporary understanding of human
attributes that have traditionally been described in abstract, philosophical, or
(Follow links to video of each
Empathy and Ethics
in Film and Literature
The theme may be interpreted
broadly, from the portrayal of empathy and/or ethics in literature and film to
the way these works encourage an empathetic reaction in readers or viewers.
Our Shifting Culture
EMPATHY AND ETHICS: DRIVERS OF OUR SHIFTING CULTURE…
A Panel Discussion on Empathy and Ethics(audio) Bill Drayton, Jill Vialet, Mary Gordon, Keith
Hammonds, Kirk Hanson
"Technology has increased the flow of information and made our
decision-making more transparent. In this panel discussion on empathy and
ethics, Bill Drayton, Mary Gordon, Keith Hammonds, Kirk Hanson and Jill Vialet
consider how empathetic ethics has to begin with individuals and can only then
move into the organizations we lead and the societies we serve."
Seeds of Compassion Gathering Seedsofcompassion.org,
"Anchored by the deep wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this
community–focused event celebrated and explored the relationships, programs and
tools that nurture and empower children, families and communities to be
compassionate members of society. Each of the five days provided parents,
educators, business and community leaders with an opportunity to better
understand the real benefits of compassion, and concrete steps on how to bring
compassion into their lives."
links to video of each speakers presentation).
Scientific Basis for Compassion, Part 2
"panel of leading researchers to discuss the quantitative benefits of
compassion." Dalai Lama, Daniel Goleman,
Andrew Meltzoff, Richard Davidson, Daniel Siege, Alicia Lieberman
How the social brain
experiences empathy Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, University of Chicago
"A one-day conference in Downtown Chicago
The Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience will be hosting a one-day
conference led by Dr. Jean Decety entitled, "How the social brain experiences
empathy." Presentations will provide up-to-date knowledge on empathy
ranging from brain circuits to patient-physician relationships, and will
emphasize how many academic areas and applications, such as clinical psychology,
education, psychotherapies, and others, can benefit from this new knowledge
about the social brain. The conference will showcase some of the most important
researchers in empathy today."
Varieties of Empathy in
Science, Art and Culture
"Varieties of Empathy in Science, Art, and Culture (VOE), a workshop held at the
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies on 10-12 October, 2009, brought
together twenty-two scholars, scientists, and artists from nine disciplines,
working in six different countries, to consider the recent research into
empathy, mirror neurons, autism and related phenomena and several historical
antecedents and social implications of this research."
Einfühlung and its Aesthetic Origins
Einfühlung/Empathy in Psychology, Phenomenology and
“Translating Empathy in the Psychological
Empathy & Hermeneutics in the Philosophy of the
Empathy and Evolution
Mirror Neurons & Empathy in Cognitive Neuroscience
Empathy and its Limits: Transmission of Affect at
CCARE proposes that its inaugural conference focus on the challenges posed by
the diverse perspectives of the different disciplines including philosophy,
neuroscience, neuroeconomics, psychology and contemplative traditions that are
engaged in the study of compassion and altruistic behavior.
Empathy, Compassion and Altruism in Psychology.
James Doty, MD,
Thupten Jinpa, PhD,
Jeanne Tsai, PhD.,
Paul Ekman, PhD.,
Tracy Spinrad, PhD.,
Robert Sapolsky, PhD.
The Contemplative Perspective
Mobley, MD, PhD.,
Wendy Farley, PhD.,
Hone Dunne, PhD.,
Compassion Research in Neuroscience.
Brian Knutson, PhD,
Tania Singer, PhD,
Mobley, MD, PhD..
Session Four: Perspectives from Evolution and Philosophy.
Phillipe Golden, PhD,
Felix Warneken, PhD,
Owen Flanagan, PhD,
Bill Newsome, PhD.
Altruistic Behavior research and Neuroeconomics.
Altruism and Pro-social Behavior
Origins and Modern Expressions
Economic Research on
into Economic Systems
and Future Directions for Research and Policy
Kinesthetic Empathy: Concepts and Contexts
"This peer-reviewed conference will be held on 22 and 23 April 2010 and will
bring together researchers and practitioners in fields including neuroscience,
dance, film, music, and contemporary embodied practices, to explore the nature
and role of kinesthetic empathy. The conference aimed to provide a focus for the
growing body of research and the increasing number of scholars and practitioners
who are engaging with kinesthesia, empathy and kinesthetic empathy as pivotal
concepts across different disciplines and media. This impetus is connected with
current concern with ‘affect’ as an object of enquiry, interrogation of notions
of presence, embodiment and the senses, re-examination of phenomenology, and
widespread interest in neuroscientific investigation (notably in the 'mirror
Interdisciplinary Seminar on Empathy -
Indiana University invites applications for a post-doctoral residential fellow
on the topic of empathy and virtue as part of a research team exploring,
“Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Perspectives,”
2010-07-16 - 2010 -
Empathy and Innovation Summit
With a capacity crowd of physicians, hospital executives, nurses and other
healthcare professionals, the conference focused on innovations to improve the
clinical, physical and emotional experience of patients.
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)
at Stanford University has announced a conference on the Language of Mental Life
scheduled for July 7-9, 2010 during which western scientists will meet with
Buddhist scholars to create a lexicon for better understanding the key terms of
Erika Rosenberg Interview on empathy
The 29th annual Spindel Conference will take place October 7–9,
2010 at the University of Memphis. The topic of this year's
conference is "Empathy and Ethics." The opening keynote address
will be delivered byStephen
also deliver keynote talks.
Opening Keynote: Stephen Darwall, Yale
the Real Empathy Please Stand Up? - Amy Coplan, Cal State
“Empathy, Justice, and Jurisprudence” - John Deigh, UT
“Psychopathy, Responsibility, and the Moral–Conventional
Distinction” - David Shoemaker, Tulane
Sentimentalism Author: Michael Slote, U. Miami
Empathy, and Ethics: The Case of Imaginative Resistance”
Speaker: Karsten Stueber, Holy Cross
“Empathizing with Yourself” - Peter Goldie,
“Against Empathy” - Jesse Prinz, CUN
Dalai Lama North America Visit
(I'll post videos as they become public)
Friday, October 22, 2010 - Rogers Centre
* Public Talk, “Human Approaches to World Peace”
Saturday, October 23, 2010 - Invitation Only with His Holiness
* Grand Opening Ceremony of the Tibetan Canadian Cultural
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre
* Long Life Empowerment and Long Life Ceremony
* Buddhist Teaching, “Eight Verses of Training the Mind”
At a time when polarization is the true culprit, a multi-cultural,
multi-disciplinary conference addressing fear-based belief systems, negative
stereotypes, polarization, enemy images, scapegoating, and artificial barriers
of distrust that divide us.
Your quest for an
empathic culture, or a Culture of Empathy as you call it, I think
is a great quest. I don't think it's ever to late to develop
empathy. It starts so naturally... I think we should do everything
that we can to cultivate empathy and we can do it at every level.
So why would we not.
Best Selling Authors: Peter Breggin MD, Charles
Whitefield MD, Howard Glasser, Melanie Sears, Wendy West Pidkaminy, Pamela
Glasner, Hemant Thakur MD International Experts: Alberto Fergusson, MD, Bart Billings, PhD, Peter Breggin
MD Professors and Educators: Gerald Porter PhD, Adrianne Johnson PhD, Barbara
Streets, PhD, Rosemary Barnes, PhD Innovative Practitioners: Douglas Smith MD, Deborah Denome, Cindy Perlin, Daniel
Mackler, Michael Shaw MD, Sarton Weinraub PhD Advocates: Sharon Hoffman, Mathy Downing, Attorney Karl Protil, Susan
2011-05-11 -A Course on Compassion Empathy in the Face of Chronic Pain
Most physicians are empathetic by nature and are drawn to medicine because they
want to “make a difference.” But the rigors of training and practice often cause
us to disconnect from our compassionate selves. The goal of the course is to
increase the attendee’s awareness of how this lack of connection interferes with
their own quality of life and ability to be effective healers. Compassion is a
trait that must be nurtured over time.
Empathy and Innovation Summit - Cleveland OH
The conference focuses on innovations to improve the clinical, physical and
emotional experience of patients.
"The Empathy and Innovation Summit is a three-day,
multidisciplinary conference devoted to exploring patient experience as a key
differentiator essential to the future of healthcare delivery.
Click here to
see the complete agenda. "
From Sympathy to Empathy: Hume and Beyond Antwerp University This two day conference will be devoted to Hume’s concept of sympathy and to
contemporary accounts of empathy. The aim of the conference is threefold: a) to
address various issues related to Hume’s conception of sympathy as brought
forward in his Treatise of Human Nature; b) to confront Hume’s account of
sympathy with contemporary research on empathy and the emotions...
TEDXGodenGateED:Theme: Teach Compassion:
Making Change Happen(Richmond, CA)
Join us to explore humanity's stickiest
idea: Compassion. In true TED fashion, we promise a full day of inspiration,
insight, interaction, and delight as we learn about the new science of
compassion, and see how compassion helps transform schools and communities.
Empathy and the Blocking of Empathy International conference to be held at the Max Planck Institute for Human
Development Berlin, July 1-2, 2011 Hosted by Aleida Assmann (Konstanz), Steven
Aschheim (Jerusalem) and Ute Frevert (Berlin)
PANEL 1: Neuroscience
PANEL 2: Cultural Concepts
PANEL 3: Empathy and the Holocaust
PANEL 4: Cases of Empathy Past and Present
PANEL 5: Empathy and the Disciplines
PANEL 6: Concluding Remarks
The Science of Compassion:
National Institute of Nursing Research presents. Future Directions in
End-of-Life and Palliative Care, at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland. The
entire program is free and open to the public.
Summit objectives include.
Examine the current status of end-of-life and
palliative care research, practice and policy
Propose strategies to overcome barriers and ensure
scientific and methodological rigor in research
Delineate new action items that galvanize progress in
this vital area of science
Envision and map pathways to ensure a future rich with
scientific endeavor and achievements
Aiming for an exploration which is neither New
Age nor overly academic, we will tackle the interesting practical questions
around compassion for our time: Can compassion be taught, can it be learned, and
how? What is the potential for compassion as a secular protocol? Can the
practice of compassion and mindfulness be scaled up from a personal to a
societal level? How can we move beyond preaching to the choir and make use of
compassion in the most difficult and contentious situations?
Beyond the Brain IX The Science of Empathy and the Spirit of
University of Winchester, UK
The conference will be focusing on
empathy and compassion through the lens of the emerging science of empathy,
which is demonstrating that we are actually wired for empathy and compassion.
Rather than seeing human beings as an outcome of the selfish gene, knowing that
empathy potential exists at a neurophysiological level gives us a completely
different understanding of human nature. To explore this reality we have brought
together a distinguished panel of presenters. The well-known writer Karen
Armstrong has been a leading proponent of the Charter for Compassion, which she
will introduce. Iain McGilchrist will explore the neurophysiology underpinning
empathy –the social brain - and its association with the right hemisphere.
2011-09-07 - Our Way - Design Academy
Eindhoven - Holland (Empathy in
We will discuss how empathy can play a role in the future of design education
with lectures, debates, more then 10 workshops
Facing complex global issues; designers need to “be in tune” to
create interdisciplinary solutions. In a
world full ideas, endless technical possibilities as well as urgent needs for
smart, sustainable and creative products and services; empathy seems to be a key
word. The ability to feel and understand emotions of other human beings or
animals is a very old achievement that is settled both in our body and mind. In
fact, according to word respected Dutch primatologist and ethnologist Frans de
Waal, empathy and not the survival of the fittest made it possible for human
beings to survive. Therefore it should play a key role in politics, commercial
institutes and society in general. How much empathy is needed for
Empathy 2.0 - Edwin Rutsch and Darci Shaver
With a focus on where compassionate communication and mediation are
headed as they pertain to
the current and future states of the online world, Darci Shaver and
Edwin Rutsch explore concepts of
connecting with others in cutting edge and empathic ways. This
workshop will delve into current
comprehensions of apathy, anonymity, empathy, compassion, and altruism
as they apply to online
living. Expect a short story or two, some Q &A, a few interesting
empathy ʻtestsʼ to participate in and lots of interesting discussion.
Sponsored by Stony Brook University's Center for Medical
Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
Several independent lines of scientific inquiry that suggest
humans are compassionate by nature, and that those who are compassionate have
better heath and live longer compared to those who do not help others. Some
efforts to understand the health effects of compassion have turned to
neurobiology for answers, as way to study and understand how compassionate
behavior involves bodily processes that influence morbidity and mortality.
Trends in Social Science and Medicine - Stephanie Brown &
Measuring Oxytocin and Progesterone - Dylan Smith
How Genetic Testing Can inform the Science of Compassion -
Studying Compassion in the Scanner - Shaun Ho
Parental Brain informs Compassionate Motivation and Behavior
- James Swain
Declining Empathy in the United States - Sara Konrath
Neuroscience and Health: Relevance of Oxytocin, Progesterone and
Stress Regulation - Heather Cameron
Whether your interest is applying mindfulness at home, in your work, for better
health, or simply to make your life more joyful and awake, you will benefit from
this groundbreaking conference on changing lives and creating a mindful society.
Growing out of a two-year grant-supported project on
"Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations," this symposium
aims to explore theories and practices of empathy. For more information about
the Virtuous Empathy project, see
http://poynter.indiana.edu/empathy.shtml. We invite papers to explore both
virtuous and vicious forms of empathy, and to do so from a variety of
perspectives. Proposals for papers are invited in three broad categories:
Empathy and Psychology; Empathy and Ethics; and Empathy in Culture, History, and
This Summit will bring together scientists, researchers, palliative and
end-of-life care health professionals, educators, policy makers, members of
professional organizations and individuals with life-limiting illnesses as well
as their caregivers.
At Facebook we understand the importance of research and
practice around how people perceive, relate, and engage with each other.
In this spirit, Facebook is hosting researchers and practitioners who
work to improve our understanding of the driving forces and benefits of
This event is open to the public and will be streaming live.
Location:Facebook Building 2, 1050 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 9430
"Indiana University received a grant from the University
of Chicago (sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation) to study
"Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations" from fall
2010 to spring 2012. Richard B. Miller, Poynter Center director, is the
PI for the project. Additional support came from the IU Institute for
Advanced Studies, directed by John Bodnar, the IU Office for the Vice
Provost for Research, and the College of Arts and Sciences."
2012-02-20 - Novel Readers
and the Empathetic Angel of our Nature
Suzanne Keen, Washington and Lee University
2011-04-19 - Empathy and Imagination
Eva-Maria Engelen, University of Konstanz
2011-02-24 - Rethinking Clinical Empathy
Jodi Halpern, University of California, Berkeley
2010-10-27 - Unmasking
the Criminal Psychopath: Clinical Assessment, Legal Relevance, and
"Dr. Kent Kiehl, who is Director of the Mobile Imaging
Core and Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience at the Mind Research Network
and Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the
University of New Mexico"
The Wisdom 2.0 Conference is a one-of-a-kind event in Silicon Valley that brings
together people from a variety of disciplines, including technology leaders, Zen
teachers, neuroscientists, and academics, to explore how we can live with deeper
meaning and wisdom in our technology-rich age.
"This day-long seminar will offer strategies for cultivating
self-compassion and reducing stress in yourself and others. It will be
led by Dr. Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the study of self-compassion. Will
be webcast live! Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by
anyone. It involves generating feelings of kindness and care toward
ourselves as imperfect human beings, and learning to be present with
greater ease during life’s inevitable struggles. "
The International Symposia for Contemplative Studies grew out of discussion
among contemplative research center and laboratory directors, at a meeting
convened by the Mind & Life Institute in the Summer of 2010.
Dr. Peter Breggin's Second Annual Empathic
Therapy Conference for International Counselors, Social Workers,
Psychiatrists, Psychologists & Educators.
The theme of the
Power of Empathic Relationship relates both to individual growth and
life improvement as well as specifically addressing ways that
counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists,
psychologists, teachers, and others can be their very best
professionally with their clients, patients and students.
San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and the University of San
Diego are honored to host His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama’s first visit
to America’s finest city. The two-day symposium will provide a
thought-provoking forum to inspire new discoveries and expand our
understanding of humanity. His Holiness will share his views on
upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with
the challenges found in today’s society
'The Global Impact of Climate'.
'Cultivating Peace and Justice'.
"Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times'.
The inaugural 2012 International Symposia for
Contemplative Studies, facilitated by the Mind & Life Institute, is a
collaborative effort among Centers and Laboratories around the world to
explore the correlates and consequences of contemplative practice. The
Symposia brings together world-renowned researchers, scholars, teachers,
and students in keynote addresses, concurrent master lectures, panels,
workshops, and poster presentations.
A day-long exploration into how schools can effectively use the newly
enacted Dignity for All Students Act to create emotionally safe schools.
Join teachers, school administrators, students, and community members in
guided dialogue focused on empathy education. A central outcome of the
day will be the identification of ideas and projects that infuse
empathy education into school culture and practice.
Roots of Empathy will bring together 18 leading experts
to present their research on neuroscience and social-emotional
development, empathy and gender binary, and research on the Roots of
Empathy program. The research symposium will provide a forum for experts
to discuss a decade of research, and begin looking ahead to the next 10
years of study on the effects of the Roots of Empathy program on
social-emotional development. Together, with Roots of Empathy, experts
will determine what the new questions are, and how findings will be
The Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit is a three-day,
multidisciplinary conference devoted to exploring patient experience as
a key differentiator essential to the future of healthcare delivery.
The Summit will feature expert panel discussions about the national
patient experience movement, providing participants from all disciplines
the opportunity to identify shared challenges and inspire innovative
solutions to help transform the patient experience and elevate customer
satisfaction as a competitive differentiator.
Bureaucracy, cost, disgruntled staff and patients
complaining ... Is the system intended to make sick people better myself
so healthy? According to a growing group of stakeholders, the diagnosis
is clear: The care is suffering from a chronic lack of vitamin C. The C
of Compassion that is.
Supporting the 900+ million people who use Facebook is a
big challenge and we have found that understanding the science of how
people relate is essential in building tools that help people.
Over the last six months we've partnered with great
researchers in the field ofcommunicating
emotion and social-emotional learning. We would like to share data and
discuss what we've learned, host some of the best researchers in the
field of compassion research as well as a teacher and the youth he works
with for our summer Compassion Research Day on July 11th.
Arturo Bejar and Jake Brill, Facebook Engineering
This Post is a Problem
Marc Brackett, Deputy Director, Health, Emotion, &
Behavior Laboratory, Yale University
Robin Stern, Psychoanalyst; Program in Communication
and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Andres Richner, Instructional Technologist; Educator
I Am Not a Shoe
Dacher Keltner, Director of Berkeley's Social
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science
Director, Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
Paul Piff, Post-Doctoral Research Scientist,
Psychology Department, UC Berkeley
The Social Tuning of Compassion
Piercarlo Valdesolo, Assistant
Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont,
The Costs of Compassion and Callousness
Daryl Cameron, social psychology graduate student at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, East Oakland high school
teacher, Associate Professor of Raza Studies
Royal Institute of British Architect - Portland Place - London
This academic conference will bring together empathy researchers to
discuss the new model of empathy dynamics in dialogue, and findings from
the studies that support it, in the light of their own work. A
lively debate across disciplines is promised! Speakers include
The concept of empathy has become central to the
transdisciplinary field of memory studies with the rise of interest in
witnessing and trauma. Trauma studies has raised the question of primary
witnessing’s relations with the unrepresentable and the problems this
poses for empathy. More recently with the growing attention to mediated
memory and its travels a focus has emerged on the possibilities for
empathy in ‘postmemory’ (Hirsch), ‘secondary witnessing’ (Apel) and
‘prosthetic memory’ (Landsberg).
This one-day conference will provide a much needed interdisciplinary
forum for memory studies to engage explicitly with the question of
empathy. To date, empathy has been pitted against sympathy or
over-identification with victims of past injustice and violence.
"There has never been an international conference dedicated to
scientific inquiry into compassion from multiple methodological
perspectives. An adaptive pro-social emotion and a virtuous trait
broadly condoned across humanistic and spiritual traditions, compassion
has only recently gained the attention of science. The Science of
Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions conference will provide
an unprecedented opportunity for expert and aspiring researchers to
review theoretical foundations, study approaches, data, and
compassion-training approaches, to exchange and debate ideas, and to
realize consensus towards conceptually aligned, synergistic approaches
to demonstrating empirically how compassion can improve public health."
Panel 1: Origins and Conceptual Models of Compassion
2: Compassion-Building Interventions
3: Self-Report, Autonomic and Behavioral Measures of Compassion
Panel 4: Neurotransmitters, Neuropeptides, Genes and Compassion
Panel 5: Neural Indices of
Panel 6: Future Directions in Research on Compassion
The last ten years we have witnessed an exploding
interest in the phenomenon of empathy. The wave of empathy studies is
psychology, philosophy, psychiatry and other disciplines is linked to a
parallel theoretical interest in the phenomena of feeling, selfhood,
inter-subjectivity and morality, but also to practical attempts to
understand and improve meetings between workers and clients in different
professions, such as health care professions, teaching professions,
psychotherapy or social work. To be empathic is increasingly viewed as a
must for any person working in cooperation with and/or helping other
people, although, as is also pointed out, the empathy must be
professional in character to not produce destructive intimacy or burn
Learn and share in an interactive and compassionate
setting. This training will give you the tools, knowledge and resources
to conduct a happiness initiative in your city, community, business or
As the momentum of the exciting new field of
NeuroLeadership builds don't miss your opportunity to join the
conversation with academic and corporate business presenters as they
discuss the latest neuroscience and its application in an organizational
Faces Conference: Red Rock Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas, NV
Thousands of psychologists, social workers, nurses, and mental health
professionals trust us to provide the best continuing education training
and conference experiences.
"Almost 600 professionals and 300 young people gathered
over three days at the first Empathy and Compassion in Society
conference in London in November 2012. The conference asks what happens
when we choose to put compassion at the very centre of our professional
lives, and whether it is possible to cultivate compassion." Speakers will include
"Ashoka Switzerland invited experts with different
backgrounds related to empathy such as children and parents’
organizations, educational institutions, research and foundations to
leverage their know-how and their networks....The commitments of the
working group included communicating the models to their networks,
lobbying the Department of Education, appealing to donor partners and
identifying 25 teachers, who will become empathy ambassadors. They
formed a core team, who will organize a follow-up event with “Roots of
Empathy” in February 2013 and will work on setting up a pilot school in
At Facebook we understand the importance of research and
practice around how people perceive, relate, and engage with each other.
In this spirit, Facebook is hosting researchers and practitioners who
work to improve our understanding of the driving forces and benefits of
This event is open to the public and will be streaming live.
Location: Facebook Building 10, 1050 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 9430 Can't join us
in person? Watch the event live
Dacher Keltner -
Diff'rent Flows for Diff'rent Folks
Emotionally Intelligent Bullying Prevention
Piercarlo Valdesolo - Me, and you, and everyone we know (and
everything we like)
Emma Seppala - Beyond the Service: Veteran Healing & Empowerment
through Social Media, Community & Compassion
symposium provides a site to examine the neurobiological theory of
empathy and its impact on socio-psychological ideas of care-taking,
altruism etc. within the cultural and conceptual history of empathy and
related concepts, the latter referring to both aesthetics and moral
Weigel (ZfL): Empathy. A neurobiological capacity and its cultural and
Gallese (Parma): Embodied Simulation Theory. The body in aesthetic
Pinotti (Milan): A question of character. The empathic life of things
Allesch (Salzburg): Empathy. A key concept of psychological aesthetics
Manganaro (Rome): Empathy and phenomenology. The roots of
intersubjectivity by Edith Stein
Lanzoni (Harvard Univ.): Empathy in translation
(ZfL): Measuring the emotional quality of empathy and sympathy
Leuzinger-Bohleber (Frankfurt a.M.): Empathy with the primary object.
Key to Winnicott’s or Klein’s baby?
(Heidelberg): The Extended Body. A phenomenological and enactive
account of empathy
(Zurich): Modulation of empathy and its link to altruism
(FU Berlin): Does empathy motivate prosocial behavior in great apes?
Mark Solms (Cape Town): The problem of other minds.
A neuropsychoanalytical perspective
Simon Strick (ZfL): Feeling other people's pain
between 1750 and 1860. Aesthetics, politics, biopower
Helmut J. Schneider (Bonn): Empathy, fiction,
community. Aesthetic experience and social cohesion in Enlightenment
Iris Hermann (Bamberg): Empathy in literary texts
Antonio Somaini (Paris): Expressive movement,
regression, ecstasy. The aesthetics of empathy in Sergei M.
Eisenstein’s art theory
Physiology and Neurobiology of Empathy
Dr. Carl Marci will discuss aspects of empathic connection using the
latest findings from hie research with peripheral measures of central
nervous system activity. Additional studies using neuroimaging to
understand the latest in empathy research will also be presented.
Mind and Life Dialogues with the Dalai Lama examine new
areas of research to be explored. Publications are created to report on
the results of these dialogues and are available as a recorded history
of the developments.
Introduction Morning: Exploring the Nature of
Reality: Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives Afternoon: Session: The
Sweep of Science: Knowledge and the Nature of Reality
Physics: Morning: Quantum Physics, Relativity, and
Afternoon: The Nature of Reality
Neuroscience: Morning: Changing the Brain -
Afternoon: Exploring Neuroplasticity
Consciousness: Morning: Consciousness in
Western Science and Philosophy - Afternoon: Approaches to
Applications of Contemplative Practice: Morning:
Clinical and Educational Applications of Contemplative Practice -
Afternoon: Promoting Human Development
Future Directions: Morning: The Future of
Monastic Science Education & Buddhism, Science and Modernity
Tenzin Gyatso: His Holiness the 14th Dalai
Michel Bitbol, PhD: Directeur de Recherche Centre
National de la Recherche Scientifique
"The core focus of the Bridging conference is to connect
people across disciplines, creating connections between the classroom,
the laboratory, the therapy room and the living room, to support and
foster the growth, study and dissemination of mindfulness for the good
of the next generation"
"The Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) is
committed to research investigating the neural basis of social and
Major areas of interest include (but are not limited to): social
cognition, emotion, motivation, social perception, intergroup relations,
judgment and decision making, empathy, personal relationships, culture,
"This day-long seminar and live webcast will explore the conceptual,
biological and practical relationship between mindfulness and
compassion. The goal of this conference is to explore the important
connections between mindfulness and compassion by providing answers to
questions such as how are they similar or distinct, how does one promote
the other, which research-tested programs have been shown to boost
mindfulness and/or compassion, and much more. Cognitive-Based Compassion
Training (CBCT). "
"This highly interactive conference, titled “Compassion
and Creativity in the Community,” will invite audience participation
with featured national and local leaders in a creative exploration of
how compassion is valued across the spectrum of communities.
The forum provides an opportunity to reach past barriers that too often
separate the academic, business, government, spiritual and medical
communities from one another. Area professionals from each of these
sectors will speak, focusing on the role of compassion in daily living
and inviting the audience to offer, discuss, and help develop ideas that
create paths to a more compassionate society."
are three central questions that will drive each panel discussion and
act as the common threads through the panels:
How do you shift the focus from “me” to “we”?
How can you turn a destructive event into something constructive?
How does compassion affect the dynamics of a community?"
"Empathy plays a key role in global change, our relationships as well as
inner and outer healing. We bring scientific, psychological and
process-oriented perspectives into dialogue with each other.
Drs. Amy and Arnold Mindell: „Empathy and the
Universe Dance - in personal life and world situations“ Founders of Process-oriented Psychology, Portland USA
Prof. Dr. Tanja Singer: „Empathy in neuroscience
research“ Neuroscience, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Stefan Willich: „Empathy in the
doctor-patient relationship in allopathic and complementary
medicine“ Medicine, Director at the CHH, Charité, Berlin
Dr. Alan Bern and Mr. Tcha Limberger: „Expression
with and without words in Yiddish and Roma music traditions“ Music, Director of the Yiddisch Summer in Weimar / Musician
Dr. Tanja Hetzer: „Empathy of the self as gateway to
peace“ Prozesswork and History, Hanuman Institut Berlin
Dr. Achim Goeres : Horizontal and vertical empathy“
Process facilitation and Physics, Hanuman Institut Berlin
Prof. Dr. Simone Mahrenholz: Chair Philosopher, University of Manitoba, Canada
PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW MUCH EMPATHY DO WE HUMANS NEED?
With speakers and audience Chair: Prof. Dr. Simone
of Comparative Literature at Yale University would like to invite
submissions for the Annual Graduate Student Conference: The topic of
empathy has been the recurring focus of numerous debates across a
diverse range of disciplines, including literature, philosophy,
political theory, theology, psychology, and cognitive science.
Topics for discussion may include, but
are by no means limited to:
"The purpose of the Compassion & Business Conference, a one-day
conference to be held April 30, 2013, is to present and create a dialog
around cutting-edge research and best practices on compassion and
business by leading research experts in the field as well as business
leaders who have successfully implemented compassion-based programs in
Conference presenters will explore and discuss the neural correlates,
biological bases and antecedents of compassion with regards to its
application to the corporate world; the effects of compassion on
behavior, physiology, physical and psychological health and well-being
and the brain; and methods, techniques, and programs for cultivating
compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide"
"The intention of the First International Conference on
Mindfulness is to provide such a forum for clinicians, contemplatives,
researchers, academics, teachers, students, politicians, communities,
and practitioners to begin this process. We invite you to participate in
this conference, which is intended as the first of many future
conference. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners
of mindfulness. The conference takes place on May 8-12, 2013 in Rome,
Italy. Keynote speakers include":
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.,
University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
J. Mark G. Williams. Ph.D.,
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Susan Bögels, Ph.D.,
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paul Grossman, Ph.D.,
University of Basel Hospital, Switzerland
Henk Barendregt, Ph.D.,
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Giuseppe Pagnoni, Ph.D.,
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
The “2013 International Summit Conference on
Compassionate Organizations” is an exploration in which all who
participate help frame the questions and explore answers that we can
incorporate into the movement
Unlike many other conferences, the 2013 International Summit Conference
on Compassionate Organizations has no keynote speakers, workshop
presenters, or participants. The Summit Conference is a working event in
which colleagues join together to engage the convening question:
For the fifth consecutive year, Sapienza University of Rome will host
artists, performers, filmmakers, scholars and neuroscientists from
different research centers in Europe and the United States on the
occasion of the International Conference Dialogues between theater and
neuroscience . neuroestetica the theatrical anthropology,
from studies on empathy
to research on intersubjectivity, moving from studies of motor
cognition, memory, emotions, on mirror neurons and alternative
The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute will equip educators
with social-emotional learning tools that will benefit both students and
teachers... The Center’s first Summer Institute will provide
science-based information, tools, and skills to promote the social and
emotional well-being of both teachers and their students.
Participants will engage in interactive
workshops and discussions that will foster an in-depth exploration and
practice of: mindfulness, self-compassion, empathy, gratitude, achieving
and maintaining positive emotions, emotional literacy, and emotional
The purpose of the CCARE Summer Research Institute, a six-day conference
to be held in Summer 2013, is to advance research on compassion and
altruism through collaboration, dialog, inquiry, education, and
The purpose of the CCARE Summer Research Institute, a six-day conference
to be held in Summer 2013, is to advance research on compassion and
altruism through collaboration, dialog, inquiry, education, and
Empathy and Compassion in Society is a forum for
professionals to explore what compassion is, how it can be cultivated,
and what benefits it brings to the modern world.
Empathy and Compassion in Society aims to present universal and well
researched methods for cultivating empathy and compassion, show how
these methods can enhance one's personal and professional life, and
share concrete examples of organizations and public institutions where
these methods have been shown to be effective.
The Mind and Life Europe Symposium for Contemplative
Studies is a response to the increased need for scientific researchers
and contemplative experts to interact and network with each other. This
meeting is the culmination of a year-long collaborative effort between
individuals and institutions. It is aimed at advancing the emerging
field of contemplative studies.
San Francisco Compassion Games will be celebrating
the 65th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The
Compassion Games are designed to make our communities safer, kinder,
more just, and better places to live. The first year of the games saw
two contenders: Seattle, WA and Louisville, KY. The 2013 Compassion
Games have expanded to include Cincinnati, OH; Gurgaon, India; Houston,
TX; Louisville, KY: Milwaukee, WI; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Orange
County, CA; Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and the LGBTQ
Darwin und seine bahnbrechende Theorie erfreuen sich nach wie
vor größter Popularität, dem egoistischen Gen sind ganze Bücher und Debatten
gewidmet. Doch ist Egoismus wirklich das dominante, naturwüchsige
Charakteristikum des Menschen? Stehen wir uns in der Tat alle selbst am
nächsten oder gibt es konkurrierende Konzepte? Jüngsten Forschungsergebnissen
zufolge, ist Empathie kein von unermüdlichen Weltverbesserern postuliertes
neuzeitliches Phänomen, sondern eine dem Menschen angeborene Fähigkeit. Das
Bedürfnis nach sozialen Beziehungen und die Furcht vor Einsamkeit
prädestinieren den Menschen dazu, anderen Geschöpfen Empathie entgegen zu
bringen. Ziel der Konferenz ist es, den Begriff der Empathie neu zu füllen,
Bewusstsein für diese andere uns innewohnende Eigenschaft zu schaffen und den
Fokus auf unser altruistisches Potential zu legen.
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
CCARE is excited to announce the upcoming Compassion and Technology
conference in collaboration with Facebook and the 1440 Foundation. Stay
tuned to hear about our Compassion and Technology Competition and stay
tuned for registration details which will be posted to our website soon.
The relational trend in psychotherapy, which encourages the therapist to
embrace a co-created process based on two subjectivities of equal importance,
is a well-theorised paradigm. It is now widely accepted that a capacity for
profoundly and empathically sharing another's self-states is essential for
therapeutic change. However, what is less fully conceptualised is the role of
the body in this state of understanding the other's experience.
Dr Jean Knox - Embodied empathy and mirror neurons- their
impact on the therapist's role
Dr Vittorio Gallese - Empathic bodily selves in relation:
from mirror neurons to embodied simulation
Jon Sletvold - Embodied empathy in the clinical context:
Empathy, subjectivity and reflexivity
Dr Jean Knox - Embodied empathy in working with
borderline patients - The Conversational Model developed by Russell Meares
Dr Jon Sletvold - Using embodied empathy in your
practice: making unconscious relational experience conscious
"The goal of the conference is to shed light on various
unexplored and contested aspects of empathy. Although the word ‘empathy’ found
its way into the field of psychology just over one hundred years ago,
philosophers and artists have focused on emotions related to this term for
centuries. The vitality of research into this phenomenon during the past 15
years is mirrored by its increasing prominence in public discourse in the
media and society. This is clearly manifested, for example, by discussion of
empathy as it relates to people’s reactions towards climate change
The writings of neurologists, philosophers, psychologists and
others on the relationship between empathy and mirror neurons call for a new
approach to the question of how language and literature evoke empathy.
Literary scholars and psychologists have worked together and put considerable
effort into empathy research, but linguists have played only a minor role in
that enterprise. Collaboration of researchers in these areas is important,
however, if we are to understand how language, narrative, social structure,
and culture may interact with one another, either to evoke empathy or suppress
The symposium will offer rich interdisciplinary presentations
from expert research scientists on topics such as development of executive
function skills, neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, and
self-regulation, neuroendocrinology and social behaviour, the psychology,
neuroscience, and ethics of empathy, and social and emotional learning in the
.The World’s Largest, Independent Conference
Devoted to Improving the Patient Experience
As caregivers entrusted with helping people, improving the patient experience
is our collective responsibility. The Summit features expert speakers, panel
discussions and workshops about the national patient experience movement,
providing participants from all disciplines the opportunity to identify shared
challenges and inspire innovative solutions
"Empathy might seem a natural human emotion—but is it? Or does it have a
history; is it culturally produced and regulated? Is it always positive or
does it have a darker side? The speakers at this symposium explore the
question of empathy from a range of disciplines— philosophy, religion,
aesthetics, literature, film studies, history. They ask what role the creative
arts have, and should have, in the production of empathy, how different
historical cultures have viewed empathy, and whether empathy is simply a warm
inner feeling or requires outward action to be effected."
Ahimsa Center at Cal
Poly Pomona (in suburban Los Angeles) invites paper and presentation proposals
for its 6th biannual conference on nonviolence: Care, Compassion, and
Mindfulness (CCM). The deliberations and dialogues at the conference are
expected to have significant implications not only for advancing scholarship
and enriching education in the domains of care, compassion and mindfulness,
but also for generating new insights for their practical applications.
Call for Presentations: The will to understand or to attempt to
understand others by imagining what it might feel like to be them; how it
might feel to experience the world from their shoes – from inside their skin,
is arguably one of the central achievements of humankind. This is the human
trait known as ‘empathy’.
It underpins much of our lives – from the ways in which
people relate to and care for one another within families and in bigger
groups, to the ways in which we communicate with one another through
literature, art, film, advertising and digital media. Many professions – from
nursing, counseling psychotherapy and medicine, to teaching, product design,
architecture, advertising and stand-up comedy, depend at least partly, on
Proposals are invited for individual contributions and for
symposia of three closely related papers that address the place that empathy
has to play in any area of human life, including: ..
A professional conference that brings together leading experts,
shares the latest research, presents real-world examples from the workplace,
and offers practical tools to cultivate and apply empathy and compassion
successfully in your life, in all situations