The Roots of Empathy Found in Rats

A collaboration by University of Chicago neuroscientists Inbal Bartal, Jean Decety, and Peggy Mason has produced groundbreaking findings on empathy and helping behavior.


Published in  Science, the paper, entitled Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Rats, finds  that rats repeatedly work to free their trapped cagemates, motivated by empathy for their distress.


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