Study: Human empathy is vulnerability dependent

Jack Levin, the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology atNortheastern University, presented new researchat the Aug. 10, 2013, session of the 2013 annual meeting of the American Sociological Associationthat indicates human empathy is at least in part motivated by the level of vulnerability of the victim.

Levin’s work is the first documented refutation of the concept that people at present have moreempathy for animals than they do for other people.