Category: Science of Empathy

Explaining Science Using Improv

Can improv help us become better communicators? As teachers? As co-workers? As managers? Human interactions can seem complicated. We often do not know what a person will say or do and there is little time to develop the most empathic response. Subsequently, we may fail to pick up on signals or we may say something we later regret. In improv, a group of people acts out a theme that the…

A Robot Walks Into a Bar, But Can It Do Comedy?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm over the past several years. From smartphone applications that give us driving directions to personal assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to smart home lighting systems, robotic intelligence has become an accepted part of everyday life. People love convenience and are willing to pay what the manufacturers ask in exchange for an easier life. The arts, and in particular stand-up comedy, are one…

How the Mirror Neuron System Regulates Empathy

How do we understand others when we haven’t experienced what they’re going through? How are we able to share in the joy and sadness of those around us? Why do some people seem so adept at suspending personal judgment, seeing through the masks we wear to the authentic self? Science believes they’ve discovered the part of our brains that makes this important human connection possible. Let’s take a look at…