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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Piercarlo Valdesolo


Piercarlo Valdesolo & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Science

Piercarlo Valdesolo is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and head of the Moral Emotions and Trust Lab at Claremont McKenna College. "I study the role of emotions in social and moral decision making.  My research program investigates the role of emotion in social judgment, with a specific focus on how affective processes shape moral decisions and prosocial/antisocial behavior at both the individual and intergroup levels."

Piercarlo has two main lines of research. One focuses on the role of synchronous movement in arousing prosocial emotional responses.  Two is on the psychological biases that contribute to unethical decision making and corruption within institutions and organizations. One way Piercarlo says we can build empathy is by being more open and revealing more of ourselves.
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Compassion Research Day at Facebook HQ - July 11, 2012

Event posting on Facebook: 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 of communicating 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.

The day is open to the public, if you know someone building tools that help communication between people, work with teachers who help with conflict resolution, or are interested in the science of how we relate, please invite them to come along.

1:15pm - 2:15pm - The Social Tuning of Compassion
What triggers, or tempers, our compassion for others? Though many have thought of compassion as a stable trait, this talk will highlight the very subtle ways in which our noble intuitions can be turned on and off, connecting and disconnecting us from one another at the flip of a switch. 

Piercarlo Valdesolo, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA.