Empathy Drug? Ecstasy Should Be Clinically Studied, Doctors Say

“It has an effect in both animals and humans that, to my knowledge, is pretty much unlike that of any other psychoactive substance,” Malenka told Live Science.


“It uniformly causes this pro-social, empathogenic response,” or warm-fuzzy feelings of empathy towards others, said Dr. Robert Malenka, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Stanford University.