With A Little Help from Our Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy

By: Peggy Mason, Ph.D.

Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others?

What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy?

Social neuroscience models have assumed that people simply rely on their own emotions as a reference for empathy, but recent studies suggest neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy.

A better understanding of these processes, says the author, could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society.