Does Money Buy Empathy? Evidently Not.

Freud considered fees therapeutic, but the results of a new study—suggesting that money actually undermines empathy—might have given him pause.


Psychologists at the University of California-Santa Barbara found in two separate tests that young adults who were encouraged to focus on a financial incentive to infer someone’s feelings did so less accurately than their counterparts who either lacked such an incentive or were offered the reward only in the context of a game.