Culture of Empathy Builder: Denise Cummins

Denise Dellarosa Cummins is a retired Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the evolution and development of higher cognition in artificial and biological systems.

Her experimental investigations focus on Causal Cognition, Social Cognition, and Moral Cognition. Denise isan author and contributor to several books including, Good Thinking and The Other Side of Psychology. Shewrote an article titled, What’s Wrong With Empathyas a response to ‘The Case Against Empathy’ by Paul Bloom in The New Yorker. 

She writes, “To most of us, the idea that empathy is a good thing is a no brainer. The more we empathize with the plight of others, the more ethical and moral we behave towards them. Yet a number of psychologists and philosophers reject this view….