A Really Strange Way To Make People Feel More Empathy – PsyBlog

Make others empathise more with this really strange method. Having people touch rough sandpaper makes them more empathetic, a new study finds. Being in a small amount of discomfort helps people empathise with others in pain.

 

Other ways of putting people in a small amount of discomfort may also work in a similar way.The study was looking at ways to increase donations to charity.

 

The study was published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology (Wang et al., 2016).