Study: Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa | ScienceBlog.com

When the brain fires up the network of neurons that allows us to empathize, it suppresses the network used for analysis, a pivotal study led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher shows.
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When the analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed….

 

This is the cognitive structure we’ve evolved,” said Anthony Jack, an assistant professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve and lead author of the new study. “Empathetic and analytic thinking are, at least to some extent, mutually exclusive in the brain.”

 

 

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Anthony I. Jack 

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