Aug 25, 2016
Empathy has long been considered a uniquely human trait, but
it's an ability that has also been observed in apes and other
animals. Primatologist Frans de Waal says that examples of empathy
in non-human primates and other mammals suggest that empathy
has a long evolutionary history in humans.
Credits: Nancy Rosenbaum
story. Our editor is Audrey Quinn
. Theme music by
music by Podington Bear, Lee Rosevere, and Box Cat Records. Being
Human Bonus produced by Meredith Johnson.
This episode was produced as part of the Being Human
initiative. A joint project of The Leakey Foundation and the
The Being Human initiative is all about why we experience our
lives the way we do, including our thoughts, feelings, and
behavior. Keep listening after our story for the “Being
Human Bonus Segment” where we talk about how the
science in this episode applies to real world situations. Our guest
is Natalee Hanson, a special education teacher who works with
students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities.
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