Emotional brains physically different from rational ones, reveals study

The work, led by Robert Eres from the Monash University’s School of Psychological Sciences, pinpointed correlations between grey matter density and cognitive and affective empathy.

“People who are high on affective empathy are often those who get quite fearful when watching a scary movie, or start crying during a sad scene. Those who have high cognitive empathy are those who are more rational, for example a clinical psychologist counselling a client,” Eres said.