A tearful black dog looks at the camera
Dogs Cry Tears of Joy: Study
Pet dogs produce a larger volume of tears when they are reunited with their owners than with acquaintances, possibly because of surging oxytocin levels—findings that could be the first evidence of emotional crying in nonhuman animals.
Dogs Cry Tears of Joy: Study
Dogs Cry Tears of Joy: Study

Pet dogs produce a larger volume of tears when they are reunited with their owners than with acquaintances, possibly because of surging oxytocin levels—findings that could be the first evidence of emotional crying in nonhuman animals.

Pet dogs produce a larger volume of tears when they are reunited with their owners than with acquaintances, possibly because of surging oxytocin levels—findings that could be the first evidence of emotional crying in nonhuman animals.

social empathy
One chimpanzee grooming another on its chin
Chimps Appear to Treat Others' Wounds Using Insects
Natalia Mesa | Feb 7, 2022
The practice, which hasn’t been previously observed among nonhuman animals, may be a display of empathy. 
neuroscience, mice, fear, pain, empathy, social transmission, emotion contagion, optogenetics, analgesia, Stanford University
Mice Share Each Other’s Pain and Fear
Amanda Heidt | Jan 14, 2021
The animals adopt the emotional state of their cagemates, and the parts of the brain engaged during the process are different for pain and fear, according to a new study.
Companionship May Help Chimps Chill Out
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 2, 2016
Study suggests chimpanzees get by with a little help from their primate pals.
Exploring Emotional Contagion
Tanya Lewis | May 24, 2016
Researchers are beginning to pinpoint the mechanisms by which emotions can be “spread” among people.
Behavior Brief
Catherine Offord | Feb 11, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Karen Zusi | Jan 4, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Are Apes as Empathetic as Humans?
Shreya Dasgupta | Aug 12, 2014
In the absence of complex emotional bonds, humans and bonobos show similar empathy, according to a study.
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Feb 27, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
A Lot Like Humans
Tracy Vence | Oct 15, 2013
Scientists find that bonobos can form friendships and show concern for others.
Behavior Brief
Jef Akst | Jan 4, 2012
A roundup of recent discoveries in behavior research
Yawns More Contagious Among Friends
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2011
People who are emotionally connected are more likely to catch the yawns from one another.