Hot-Cold Empathy Gap

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One of take away I heard on the NPR interview, was that it should not be so easy for a emotionally distraught person to go buy a gun at local retail store --ex Walmart--- and he gave another example of seemingly rational people loosing their access to the empathetic center so of the brain.

---See Bosnian war for former next door neighbor and friends now killing each other.  A TV program I saw on this emathy center and bosnian war was first I had heard of the brains empathy center that humans shut off in order to commit atrocities to other humans----

This below is not the NPR interview I heard, it is just one of many links to this topic. 


..."  Implications: Minding the gap
...In many ways, these studies confirm our everyday experience. Things feel very different in the heat of the moment. We already knew that, right?

....But that’s the rub. People don’t act like they know it.

...If they did, they would be more consistent in their judgments. They’d consider how their current state might be affecting their perceptions and make adjustments for it. They’d do a better job avoiding “hot” situations that provoke them to behave rashly.
...They might become better caretakers, too. Studies show that hospital patients–even terminal cancer patients and children–are routinely under-medicated for pain (Twycross 2006; Van Hulle Vincent 2005).
..And how well do parents really understand their children’s anxieties? "...
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One of take away I heard on the NPR interview, was that it should not be so easy for a emotionally distraught person to go buy a gun at local retail store --ex Walmart--- and he gave another example of seemingly rational people loosing their access to the empathetic center so of the brain.
OXYTOCIN INCREASES EMPATHY TOWARD IN-GROUP-MEMBERS AND ALSO INCREASES AGGRESSION TOWARDS OUT-GROUP-MEMBERS
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OXYTOCIN INCREASES EMPATHY TOWARD IN-GROUP-MEMBERS AND ALSO INCREASES AGGRESSION TOWARDS OUT-GROUP-MEMBERS

..." One of the most robust effects of intranasal  ---nose--   oxytocin treatment is its enhancement of emotional empathy responses across cultures to individuals displaying emotions in realistic contexts in the Multifaceted Empathy Task (MET). However, it is not established if this effect of oxytocin on emotional empathy is due to altered visual attention toward different components of the stimulus pictures or an enhanced empathic response. In the current randomized placebo-controlled within-subject experiment on 40 healthy male individuals, we both attempted a further replication of emotional empathy enhancement by intranasal oxytocin (24 IU) and used eye-tracking measures to determine if this was associated by altered visual attention toward different components of the picture stimuli (background context, human face, and body posture).

....Results replicated previous findings of enhanced emotional empathy in response to both negative and positive stimuli and that this was associated with an increased proportion of time viewing the faces of humans in the pictures and a corresponding decrease in that toward the rest of the body and/or background context. Overall, our findings suggest that enhanced emotional empathy following oxytocin administration is due to increased attention to the faces of others displaying emotions and away from other contextual and social cues. "...

Aka visual cues?  My guess there is also common auditory cues.
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Nevertheless, oxytocin’s effects on social behaviour may not be modulated solely through pro-social emotions: oxytocin also enhances envy and gloating in a social game. According to research by Carsten De Dreu:

Human ethnocentrism—the tendency to view one's group as centrally important and superior to other groups—creates intergroup bias that fuels prejudice, xenophobia, and intergroup violence. Grounded in the idea that ethnocentrism also facilitates within-group trust, co-operation, and co-ordination, we conjecture that ethnocentrism may be modulated by brain oxytocin, a peptide shown to promote co-operation among in-group members. … Results show that oxytocin creates intergroup bias because oxytocin motivates in-group favoritism and, to a lesser extent, out-group derogation. These findings call into question the view of oxytocin as an indiscriminate “love drug” or “cuddle chemical” and suggest that oxytocin has a role in the emergence of intergroup conflict and violence. [**]
So, while oxytocin may increase some baseline of empathy for outgroup members in distress (but never matching the baseline empathy for ingroup members in distress) oxytocin may also increase baseline hostility toward outgroup members who are NOT in obvious distress.
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So, while oxytocin may increase some baseline of empathy for outgroup members in distress (but never matching the baseline empathy for ingroup members in distress) oxytocin may also increase baseline hostility toward outgroup members who are NOT in obvious distress.
Like oxygen and so many things, a double-edged sword that can cut towards good or bad, relative to the person holding the sword.

As ive stated in past years, the simplest form of empathy response is when a human sees another human yawn and they they also feel like yawing.

Can the hot cold empathy  gap affect peoples rational, logical common sense approach to mRNA usage? To mask usage?

Do we feel empathey for those medical personnel having to deal with overrun hosptials, people sick and die did not vaccine.

1000's of childrren in GA sent home because of outbreak of covid.  4 Teachers in GA/Atlanta died from covid.  These type of stories are growing as the Delta spreads.





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Like oxygen and so many things, a double-edged sword that can cut towards good or bad, relative to the person holding the sword.
Great point.

BREAKING NEWS !!!!

This just in, OXYGEN causes VIOLENCE !!!

Scientists have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that depriving humans of OXYGEN dramatically decreases violent activity.
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Scientists have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that depriving humans of OXYGEN dramatically decreases violent activity.
Ive had my EMT license in two differrrent states, and what we taught not to do is to give too much oxygen as that will burn the lungs.

Oxygen { free radical } is unstable element and likes to pull apart molecules and that is why many take supplements to fight free radicals dimminshing their detrimental effects on molecules that are good for human health.

.." Probably the most well-known free radical, oxygen is the basis for development of most free radicals in the body. Inherently, oxygen is an unstable molecule. ... If oxygen accepts one electron, it becomes superoxide anion radical. If oxygen accepts two electrons, it produces hydrogen peroxide. "...


I think oxcytin would be and aid to rational, logical common sense thought.  I dunno.