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TI:"ERP dynamics of empathy for non-human beings and ecosystems"
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DocumentERP dynamics of empathy for non-human beings and ecosystems2009

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-020
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 21/2008
020 - Beyond anthropocentric empathy: ERP dynamics of empathy for non-human beings and ecosystems
Duration: 2009-11 - 2014-11
José Raúl Naranjo Muradás, Verónica Sevillano Triguero, Juan I. Aragonés, Prof. Shihui Han
Institution(s): Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University Medical Centre Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Language: eng
Naranjo, J. R.
Secondary author(s):
Triguero, V., Aragonés, J., Han, S.
Number of reproductions:
Psychophysiology / Emotion / Empathy

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-020.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 21/2008
ERP dynamics of empathy for non-human beings and ecosystems
Publication year: 2009
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Human beings are intrinsically bonded to the natural world. Regretfully, human systematic destruction of the biosphere may threaten Nature’s capacity to sustain life in our planet. Therefore, strategies to promote ecocentric attitudes should be at the core of scientific inquiry. Our previous work suggests that inducing empathy may be a potent technique for creating more ecocentric attitudes and motivate us to protect all forms of life (Sevillano et al., 2007). The evidences so far indicate that empathy towards non-human beings is a reliable human attribute. Surprisingly, no neuroimaging study has been conducted to investigate the neural processes underlyin empathy for non human animals, plants and ecosystems.
We aim to address this issue by studying the EEG empathic response of pro-environmental activists to visual stimulus showing humans, animals, plants and ecosystem in distressing situations. The task includes two conditions, where the same visual stimulus triggers either an empathic response or an objective account of the image content. Our approach includes EMG (corrugator muscle activity) of emotional response and subjective empathy ratings. Data is collected from pro-environmental activists and a non pro-environmental group. The experimental design and first pilot results of this ongoing research project will be presented. This work may certainly advance our understanding of ecocentric empathy and devise strategies to effectively cultivate this basic human ability.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
By permission
Naranjo, J. R.
Secondary author(s):
Verónica, S., Juan, A.
Document type:
Abstract book
Number of reproductions:
Naranjo, J. R., Verónica, S., & Juan, A. (2009). ERP dynamics of empathy for non-human beings and ecosystems. In H. Gutscher, H.-J. Mosler, B. Meyer, S. Mischke, & M. Soland (Eds.), Program & Abstracts of the 8th Biennial Conference: Environmental Psychology (p. 85). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Empathy / Non-human beings / Ecocentric attitudes

ERP dynamics of empathy for non-human beings and ecosystems

ERP dynamics of empathy for non-human beings and ecosystems