Scrooge alert: Are you too rich to feel empathy?

Scrooge lives on, and it’s not just a popular cliché.

While people differ based on individual factors, their socioeconomic status matters too. People who grow up in affluence have weaker empathy skills and show less compassion, so much that researchers can measure the difference in controlled experiments.

That’s the gist of several studies by Michael Kraus and his colleagues.

The psychologist has conducted social experiments like the Dictator game, in which participants are left in a room to decide how much real prize money they will share with another player.

 

by Gwen Dewar