Empathy May Be Genetic

Do you jump to help the less fortunate, cry during sad movie scenes or tweet and post the latest topics and photos that excite or move you? If yes, you may be among the 20 percent of our population that is genetically predisposed to empathy,

according to Stony Brook Univ. psychologists Arthur and Elaine Aron. In a new study published in Brain and Behavior, Aron and colleagues at the Univ. of California, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Monmouth Univ. found that Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

(fMRI) of brains provide physical evidence that the “highly sensitive” brain responds powerfully to emotional images.