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Frans de Waal

 

Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D., a Dutch-born primatologist, is the C. H. Candler Professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. He is the author of Our Inner Ape and The Bonobo and the Atheist.

 
 
  

Stories by Frans de Waal

They look like they're fighting—but in fact these two bonobos are playing.

Articles: What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

By Frans de Waal | March 3, 2015

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.

 
An example of consolation among chimpanzees: A juvenile puts an arm around a screaming adult male, who has just been defeated in a fight with his rival. Consolation probably reflects empathy, as the objective of the consoler seems to be to alleviate the distress of the other.

Articles: The Evolution of Empathy

By Frans de Waal | September 1, 2005

We tend to think of empathy as a uniquely human trait. But it’s something apes and other animals demonstrate as well, says primatologist Frans de Waal. He shows how our evolutionary history suggests a deep-rooted propensity for feeling the emotions of others.

 

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  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose

    April 16, 2015

    Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

  • Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive?

    April 21, 2015

    A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.

  • How to Help a Narcissist to Forgive

    April 14, 2015

    Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.

  

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