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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Carl Marci

Pending - in development



 "Dr. Carl D. Marci is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Innerscope Research. Dr. Marci is on faculty at Harvard Medical School and is both the former Director of Social Neuroscience at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a past Visiting Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Media Arts & Science"


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.

The Look of Love - Love's many splendors begin with empathy and attachment


2013-01-17 - Empathy: The Development and Disintegration of Human Connection
Symposium by the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior - Massachusetts General Hospital


Carl Marci discusses "Neurobiology and Physiology of Empathy"


Carl D. Marci, MD, Director of Social Neuroscience for Psychotherapy Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


  • 12 month old children feel distress when they see distress in others

  • Three Perspectives on Empathy

    • 1. laughter and psychology

    • 2 neurobiology

    • 3. media

  • my journey through of empathy

  • 2:00 - (1). laughter and psychology

    • skin conductance (measuring empathy)

    • measurable effects

    • we don't experience emotions in our brain

    • embodiment of emotions

    • Measure the doctor-patient relationship

      • empathy scale - Barrett-Leonard Relationship Inventory Empathic Understanding Subscale

    • laughter is showing affect

    • laughing at the same time

    • Physiologic Concordance >get a window on empathy

    • empathy is incredibly fast - no real lag - almost instant - 50milsec

    • comparing the simultaneous scan of the patient and therapist

    • (can measure and compare the physical effects)

  • 15:00 (2). neurobiology of empathy

    • laughter brain circuitry

    • mirror neuron network

  • 19:00 (3). media

    • lower attention span


Creating Empathy and Intimacy in the Digital Media Age
Carl Marci, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist, Innerscope Research, explores how biometrics can inform and offer insights to companies who seek to build intimate connections with consumers using digital media.


  • measure empathy

  • sweat glands and measuring that

  • brain model and hand model of the the brain

  • 8:00 measure laughter -

  • measuring the therapy relationship

  • patient doctor empathy

  • emotional physical concordance and discordance - measuring skin conductance

  • 12:00 -

  • mirror neuron system

    • see pain our pain network fires - attenuated

    • if person is a loved one it fires more strongly

    • people have levels of natural empathic ability

  • 14:00 relationship to media - engagement with brands

    • he has a measurement belt that measures skin conductance, heart rate, respiration, motion, +eye tracking







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