Power Trip: New study shows powerful people have less empathy

Rebecca Olson
September 12, 2013

Though the study of empathy is not new, neuroscientists are only beginning to understand how exactly it works, and what conditions affect our ability to build the bridges of empathy that connect us with others.

A recent NPR story by Chris Benderev follows some leading neuroscience researchers who’ve recently proven what psychologists have been saying for years—that having a sense of power decreases our ability to connect with others. Dr. Sukhvinder Obhi of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada is one of these researchers. He’s been studying the “mirror system”–the part of the brain that helps us get inside someone else’s head … Empathetic people see themselves reflected in others

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