A study by researchers at Duke University has found that our ability to discriminate between people with and without empathy is shaped by our brains’ ability to detect facial expressions, including that of other people.
The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, examined facial expressions in nearly 4,000 people who were shown images of others and asked them to identify the emotional state of the person shown in the images.
It also measured how the participants responded to the facial expressions of the people in the photos.
The results showed that participants with a stronger ability to recognize facial expressions with empathy were more likely to accurately identify people with empathy.
Empathy is not just a matter of liking someone, but also to be able to identify someone with empathy and to understand the person’s perspective.
When participants were asked to identify other people with emotional expressions, they showed a stronger reaction than participants who had a stronger recognition of other faces.
“We found that the ability to distinguish between empathy and other emotions is influenced by both the ability of the brain to distinguish faces, and also by the ability in people to understand their own perspective,” said Dr. Christopher J. Siegel, a professor of psychology at Duke and one of the study’s authors.
“The stronger our ability, the more accurate we are at understanding what others are thinking.”
The study also showed that when participants saw faces of other individuals, they tended to rate them as more empathetic, even though their brains did not respond to facial expressions as accurately.
The researchers suggest that a stronger understanding of other’s emotions may help us recognize the emotional states of other human beings more easily and accurately.
“People may have an intuition that if you see a face of a loved one, that’s someone who has some emotional pain,” said Siegel.
“They might not be seeing a face, but a person with that emotional pain might be more likely than the face of someone who is not suffering that pain.”
The research also showed people with an emotional reaction to another person were more accurate in their judgments of other humans with empathy, compared to people who did not.
This could mean that those with an empathetically-driven reaction to others may have a greater ability to accurately assess people with other emotional states.
In addition, participants who identified with another emotion were more aware of others’ emotions than participants without an emotion reaction.
“Emotion can have an impact on how we feel,” Siegel said.
“When we see a person, we’re also paying attention to their emotions.
If you don’t pay attention to the emotions of other animals, you might be able’t identify that person as an animal.
We need to pay attention more to the emotional feelings of other species, and we need to be more sensitive to them.”
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