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What are the origins of empathy? A comparative developmental investigation

Project description

Studying the apes to figure out human empathy

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. We consider it a unique human capacity. Until now, it has been assumed that infants and apes may lack it. However, with improved methodology, comparative studies on these two groups are most promising to explain the nature as well as developmental and evolutionary origins of empathy. In this direction, the EU-funded EMPORIGIN project aims to use the most advanced, combined techniques to research the phenomenon in experiments and through comparative and longitudinal observations (in a cross-species, cross-cultural approach). It will use data sets on bonobo apes and data from human infants from the two distinctively different in emotional expression cultures of Vanuatu and Samoa. EMPORIGIN will allow us to identify the uniqueness of this human capacity from new perspectives.

Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 829,00
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
United Kingdom

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Region
North East (England) Tees Valley and Durham Durham CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 499 829,00

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 829,00
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham

See on map

Region
North East (England) Tees Valley and Durham Durham CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 499 829,00