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.

Additional Projects

  • MORE Survey - The Measuring Other-Regard and Empathy (MORE) Survey, conducted by researchers at the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation at UC Irvine, is a longitudinal study of the factors that increase and sustain compassion, social connection, and flourishing among UCI undergraduates.
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholars
  • Poverty Track of Civic & Community Engagement Minor
  • Histories of the COVID-19 Pandemic Archive

Featured Articles

Shifting attributions for poverty motivates opposition to inequality and enhances egalitarianism

Published at Nature Human Behaviour, a Nature Research journal.

What’s next: The future of compassion

How to ward off emotional exhaustion as the pandemic is poised to strike the developing world

Research Leads

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Paul Piff (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science 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.



Angela Robinson (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) is a postdoctoral scholar interested in how group identities such as race and gender influence social interactions. Her research examines how group-related perceptions and attitudes shape political participation and community engagement.


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