Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

The Psychology of Empathy

Professor Jennifer Sellers is a Visiting Professor at Middlebury College from Green Mountain College.

Click here to access the PPT from this presentation.

People enter into the world wired for social connection, with behavioral evidence of this empathic ability present in infants even moments after birth. In this talk, Professor Sellers shared what psychologists know about empathy, including recent discoveries on the biology behind putting ourselves in someone else’s mind. She also discussed how empathy differs as a result of dominance or power seeking as well as when we are thinking of individuals or groups. To read more about her talk, visit the MCSE blog.

To further explore the connection between social entrepreneurship and empathy, visit Ashoka’s website, Start Empathy.

This talk was given on April 12, 2013 as part of the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

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