‘The nature of empathy’ | Wolfson College News

Professor Simon Baron Cohen, of the Cambridge Autism Research Centre, is the guest speaker for the final Science Society seminar of the term. He will consider “The Nature of Empathy: Perspectives from Psychiatry” at 6.00pm on Friday 3 June in the OCR. All welcome!

Abstract: ‘Empathy is the drive to identify another person’s thoughts and feelings and to respond to these with an appropriate emotion. We now know quite a lot about which parts of the brain are used when we empathize and how empathy grows in typically developing children. We even know that hormones in the womb, and specific genes, influence how much empathy a person has.