When power increases, empathy decreases – Humanizing Medicine

After assigning people to groups and telling them that they were in position of power or powerlessness, researchers tested how well their brains mirrored other people’s actions. Results showed that the people who were told they were in power did not feel as much empathy as people who told they were powerless.  Hear more about this fascinating research on NPR’s Weekend Edition.




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