project . 2019 - 2025 . On going

EMPORIGIN

What are the origins of empathy? A comparative developmental investigation
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  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 802979 Call for proposal: ERC-2018-STG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG Overall Budget: 1,499,830 EURFunder Contribution: 1,499,830 EUR
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    01 Mar 2019
    End Date
    31 Aug 2025
  • Detailed project information (CORDIS)
Description
Empathy – sharing and understanding others’ emotions and thoughts – is a defining feature of what it means to be human. However, we lack knowledge about the origins of empathy and to what extent its sub-components reflect species and cultural universals. Studying infants and great apes enables us to identify the developmental and evolutionary origins of empathy and the extent of its human uniqueness. Until now, it has largely been assumed that infants and great apes lack the capacity for empathy. However, this claim may reflect a lack of adequate methodologies and research attention, leaving infant and great ape empathy underestimated. Now, combining novel techn...
Description
Empathy – sharing and understanding others’ emotions and thoughts – is a defining feature of what it means to be human. However, we lack knowledge about the origins of empathy and to what extent its sub-components reflect species and cultural universals. Studying infants and great apes enables us to identify the developmental and evolutionary origins of empathy and the extent of its human uniqueness. Until now, it has largely been assumed that infants and great apes lack the capacity for empathy. However, this claim may reflect a lack of adequate methodologies and research attention, leaving infant and great ape empathy underestimated. Now, combining novel techn...
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