Dogs May Elicit More Empathy Than Some People

 People may feel more empathy for dogs than for some of their fellow humans, a new study finds.

 

When it comes to victims of violence, people may be less disturbed by the suffering of human adults, who are considered capable of taking care of themselves, the study suggests. Meanwhile, children, puppies and full-grown dogs are perceived as dependent and vulnerable.

The study involved 240 men and women. Most of the participants were white college students between 18 and 25 years old.