Emotional Brains And Rational Brains Are Physically Different: Study

Scientists have found that varying gray matter densities in different parts of the brain correlate with cognitive and emotional empathy.

The brains of people who respond to others’ feelings emotionally are found to be physically different than those of people who respond logically, according to a new study.

The study, published Thursday in the journal Neuroimage, used a method called voxel-based morphometry to record the gray matter density of 176 test participants, and compared the results with a questionnaire designed to test their empathy levels.

The researchers found correlations between gray matter density in different parts of the brain and their cognitive and affective empathy. Their findings showed that people display different kinds of empathy based on which part of the brain has a concentration of gray matter.

By Aditya Tejas