Going to the theatre increases empathy, apparently

Whether we’re watching a Shakespearean tragedy or a seasonal morality tale, going to the theatre makes us more empathetic.

At least, that’s according to a new study from the University of Arkansas.

As Psych Central reports, researchers studied the impact on school students of going to see live productions of Hamlet and A Christmas Carol. They recruited 670 students aged 12-17 and sent some to see the plays while others just read them or watched a film adaptation.

 DIANE SHIPLE