The Rough Road to Greater Empathy

New research finds contact with a coarse surface can put us in a more charitable frame of mind.


How can you conquer your inner Scrooge and get into the proper holiday spirit?New research provides an unexpected answer: Run your fingers over a coarse surface.

A trio of researchers from the United States, Canada, and China report that the sensation of physical roughness makes us, at least temporarily, more empathetic toward those in need.


 TOM JACOBS