Training empathy

Once, in a course on learning and the brain, we learned that empathy is visible in infants.  So, I thought that implied that empathy is innate and doesn’t change.  Even my recent investigation into Mindset (Dweck, 2009) didn’t shake this belief because I didn’t make the connection.  I don’t think of empathy as something you learn, but if Mindset is to be believed, everything can be learned.  There were two news items about this today:

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/empathy-workout-brain-training-may-boost-altruism-n113471

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/how-do-you-teach-empathy-harvard-pilots-game-simulation/

 

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