Cognitive empathy is the ability to recognise what another person is thinking or feeling, and one way it can be assessed in the lab is by using the “reading the mind in the eyes test” – or “eyes test”, for short. This involves looking at photos of a person’s eyes and picking which word best… Read more

Babies display empathy for a bullied victim at only six months of age, report researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Hebrew University. “The findings indicate that even during a baby’s first year, the infant is already sensitive to others’ feelings and can draw complicated conclusions about the context of a particular emotional display… Read more

Dishonesty diminishes a person’s ability to read others’ emotions, or interpersonal cognition, according to new research. Furthermore, the consequences snowball – one dishonest act can set in motion even more dishonesty. “It can be a vicious cycle. Sometimes people will tell a white lie and think it’s not a big deal. But a decision to… Read more

The ability to understand the feelings of others is a core quality that contributes to healthy, prosperous relationships and social connections. Parents who know how to foster empathy in their children weren’t born with this knowledge – they learned and applied it. And you can too! This skill can be tricky to learn, especially for… Read more

Antidepressant treatment can lead to impaired empathy regarding perception of pain, and not just the state of depression itself, according to a collaboration involving social neuroscientists, neuroimaging experts, and psychiatrists from the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. Depression is a disorder that often comes along with strong impairments of social functioning… Read more