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8. Forum

Is it empathy?

Altruism and prosocial behaviours in laboratory rodents:


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Empathy research is currently a big topic in neuroscience, with a growing number of studies focused on how emotions drive people’s thoughts and actions. There is increasing evidence that various non-human species, including rats, are also sensitive to the emotions of others and react to distress in other animals by attempts to ameliorate their situation or rescue them.

Altruism and prosocial behaviours do not necessarily require empathy as a prerequisite, though. One of the main question is, therefore, whether the existing observations in an artificial (and often simplified) laboratory environment justify the conclusion that empathy is actually at the core of active helping behaviours.

In addition, Animalfree Research would like to raise and discuss the following questions:


  • Do all species display empathic behaviour?
  • How do we define and test for empathy in animals?
  • What are the implications for judging severity degrees?
  • What are the implications for research?



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Stefan Kunz, Co-CEO Animalfree Research



Dr. Stefanie Schindler, Co-CEO Animalfree Research  


Empathy across the animal spectrum: a review

Ana Pérez-Manrique, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain


Tit for tat: Studying empathy in rats

Prof. Michael Taborsky, University of Bern, Switzerland


Cooperation in a complex social environment - a case study in wild mice

Prof. Barbara König, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Panel debate



Summary and conclusions

Dr. Stefanie Schindler, Co-CEO, Animalfree Research



Chairs: Dr. Stefanie Schindler and Dr. Miriam Zemanova




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Target audience

Our Forum addresses all those who concern themselves with animal experimentation and the 3R-concept.



Attendance fee for covering expenses: 50.– Swiss Francs (Students free of charge)



Thursday, 1st of November 2018, 1.30 – 5 P.M. Wirtschaft Neumarkt, Neumarkt 5, 8001 Zürich



Until 19th of October on or, keyword „Forum”.



The „Forum 2018” has been accredited by the Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers as a half-day of continuing education in Switzerland for experimenters and study directors.



Animalfree Research has been applying itself to replacing in vivo experimen- tation in science since more than 40 years.



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