Emotional performance of ‘Wit’ teaches empathy

English professor Sally Shigley and Lauren Fowler, professor of psychology and neuroscience, starting working together, looking at the research on the neuroscience of empathy, and how to use it to train those in the medical field to be empathetic, Fowler said.

They measured students’ level of empathy after reading the play and then also after watching the 2001 HBO film of the same name. Fowler said before-and-after differences were much larger for those who saw the movie, since “When you see the person you sympathize more than if you just read about it.

Sonja Carlson