Money Can’t Buy Compassion, Says Study – PBS NewsHour Extra | PBS

In the past, studies have shown that across countries happiness goes up and down with the GDP, but researchers at the University of California at Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center are trying to understand how economics affect our other emotions as well. In new research, they are testing to see if wealthier individuals feel the same compassion towards others as those who with lower income.


“What we have learned from really interesting neuroscience is that humans, in the face of threat, connect to other people. And then complementarity, we thought, you know, if you grow up in a more privileged circumstance, you orient inwards to what’s inside of you.” said Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.