Anthony Jack and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Science

Anthony Jack, PhD (Tony) is Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Psychology in the Brain, Mind and Consciousness laboratory in the Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.


Tony has been studying empathy and was involved in a study that looks at the analytic and empathic neural networks and how they relate to each other. This article ‘Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa’ on Science Blog says, “When the brain fires up the network of neurons that allows us to empathize, it suppresses the network used for analysis, a pivotal study led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher shows… At rest, our brains cycle between the social and analytical networks. But when presented with a task, healthy adults engage the appropriate neural pathway, the researchers found. The study shows for the first time that we have a built-in neural constraint on our ability to be both empathetic and analytic at the same time.”
Sub Conference: Science: Neuroscience