Study finds empathy depends on relationships not species

New research indicates that humans may not be the only species that expresses empathy.

Elisabetta Palagi with the Natural History Museum at the University of Pisa in Italy and colleagues are the first to demonstrate both differences and similarities in a common empathetic response in both humans and bonobos.

The research was presented in the Aug. 12, 2014, edition of the journal PeerJ.

Paul Hamaker