8:50 – 10:50am Session One
Empathy, Compassion and Altruism in Psychology
, Ph.D, Psychology, Stanford UniversityP
, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, UC San FranciscoT
, Ph.D, Psychology, Arizona State University, TempeDiscussant:R
, Ph.D, Biological Sciences and Neurology, Stanford University
Darwin, Compassion and the Dalai Lama:Presented by Paul Ekman, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco www.paulekman.comDarwin’s views of compassion and morality are near identical with those of the Dalai Lama. Idiscuss six pathways by which Darwin might have directly, or indirectly learned about Buddhistthinking. I then present a new formulation of compassion which distinguishes:Emotion RecognitionIdentical ResonanceReactive ResonanceFamilial CompassionGlobal CompassionSentient CompassionImmediate Heroic CompassionConsidered Heroic CompassionResearch questions raised by these distinctions are elucidated.
Empathy-related responding: A Developmental Psychology PerspectivePresented by Tracy L. Spinrad, Ph.D.
Arizona State University Psychologists have increasingly recognized the importance of empathy in moral andsocioemotional development. In this paper, we begin by defining the constructs of empathy,sympathy, and personal distress. We argue that these distinctions are critical when attempting topredict prosocial behavior (i.e., voluntary behavior intended to benefit another, such as helping and