Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is the author of many books, including The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, and Wild Justice: Reflections on Empathy, Fair Play, and Morality in Animals (with Jessica Pierce), and he is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. He and Jane Goodall co-founded Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Stories by Marc Bekoff
Articles: Do Rats Feel Empathy?By Marc Bekoff | January 12, 2012
A new study finds rats prefer helping others over eating sweets. What does that mean for the way we treat animals?
Marc Bekoff explains how many different animal species show grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and a range of other emotions.
Articles: Expanding Our Compassion FootprintBy Marc Bekoff | May 20, 2010
Marc Bekoff explains that if we want to understand the roots of human goodness, we've got to look beyond humans.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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