Strange Case of ‘Hyper Empathy’ after Brain Surgery

Removing a person’s amygdala, a brain structure involved in emotions, could make it harder for them to recognize other peoples’ emotions, but in a strange case, a woman showed the opposite of what was expected – she developed “hyper empathy.”…


In a strange case, a woman developed “hyper empathy” after having a part of her brain called the amygdala removed in an effort to treat her severe epilepsy, according to a report of her case. Empathy is the ability to recognize another person’s emotions.


The case was especially unusual because the amygdala is involved in recognizing emotions, and removing it would be expected to make it harder rather than easier for a person to read others’ emotions, according to the researchers involved in her case.


By Bahar Gholipour,