People have more empathy for abused puppies and dogs than they do for abused adult humans: Study

People have more empathy for abused puppies and dogs than they do for abused adult humans, a new study suggests. The researchers also found that women generally tended to be more empathetic than men.

 

People have more empathy for abused puppies and dogs than they do for adult humans who have been abused, a new study suggests.

However, empathy for abused children was about the same as that for puppies and dogs, the study found.

 

Researchers surveyed 240 college students and asked them to read one of four versions of a fictional news article about a brutal beating. The wording in articles was the same, except for the identity of the victim, which was either: an infant, an adult in his 30s, a puppy or a 6-year old dog. Participants then rated their level of empathy for the victim.

 By Rachael Rettner, Senior writer