More Empathetic People Have Physically Different Brains

The study looked at the neurological structures associated with two types of empathy: associative and cognitive.

“People who are high on affective empathy are often those who get quite fearful when watching a scary movie, or start crying during a sad scene.

Those who have high cognitive empathy are those who are more rational, for example a clinical psychologist counseling a client,” Robert Eres, a professor of psychology at the University of Monash in Australia and one of the study authors, said in a press release.

By Alexandra Ossola