People can Learn how to Empathize with Strangers, Study Says

People can be taught how to empathize with strangers, a new study concluded.


For this study, the researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland set out to examine if empathy can be learned and if positive experiences with others can affect that learning process.

The team, which was made up of psychologist and neuroscientist Grit Hein, Philippe Tobler, Jan Engelmann and Marius Vollberg, measured their participants’ brain activity when they experienced different situations with other people.