This is the first post in a new series of "starter kits" that compile a lot of useful resources on a particular concept. In this post, the topic is "Empathy." The goal is that if you're looking to begin learning about the science of empathy that this post would be the most useful resource around. In the future, I may post starter kits for "Persuasion," "Motivation," "Happiness," "Morality," and/or "Cooperation." I'm open to suggestions.
The "Against Empathy" Debate:
Paul Bloom 1
Paul Bloom 2
Jack Berry and Lynn O'Connor
Leonardo Christov-Moore and Marco Iacoboni
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
General Info on Empathy:
Also see: writing on “theory-of-mind (TOM),” “the intentional stance,” “perspective-taking,” “mentalizing,” and, in the context of video games, “Yomi.”
Empathy in Non-Human Animals:
The Neuroscience of Empathy:
Empathy, Altruism, and Morality:
Empathy and Exposure to Fiction:
Also see the first half of Section 2 of my thesis paper, Fiction, Fast and Slow: Narrative Media As A Tool For Social Change.