Video: Fox News Attacks: Greater Good Science Center Empathy Study

For nine minutes, the hosts discuss a new study from GGSC Hornaday Graduate Fellow Jennifer Stellar, “Class and compassion: Socioeconomic factors predict responses to suffering,” which was published in a December 12 edition of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Emotion.

Stellar and her colleagues “found that individuals in the upper middle and upper classes were less able to detect and respond to the distress signals of others,” as the UC Berkeley News Center summarized.


“Overall, the results indicate that socio-economic status correlates with the level of empathy and compassion that people show in the face of emotionally charged situations.”..


This study is actually consistent with many others which find that the affluent must sometimes struggle to empathize with people who are less fortunate than themselves—see, for example, “The Poor Give More.”