Compassion and empathy play a significant role in motivating people into collective action to solve poverty globally. We explore the physiological benefits of compassion and the sociological impact to inspire the next generation of leaders and engage community stakeholders to use the power of compassion and empathy to solve the world's problems.

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Shifting attributions for poverty motivates opposition to inequality and enhances egalitarianism

Published at Nature Human Behaviour, a Nature Research journal.

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Paul Piff (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. His primary interests are in how social hierarchy, economic inequality and social class, and social emotion shape relations between individuals and groups.

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Pia Dietze (Ph.D., New York University) is a postdoctoral scholar researching how disparities in the economic conditions of the lives of different social class groups shape their social attitudes, attention, and appraisals. Her research employs a variety of cutting-edge tools, including psychophysiology, virtual reality, social media engagement, and reaction times.


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