Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa

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New research shows a simple reason why even the most intelligent, complex brains can be taken by a swindler’s story – one that upon a second look offers clues it was false.


“When the brain fires up the network of neurons that allows us to empathize, it suppresses the network used for analysis, a pivotal study led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher shows.”

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2 Responses to “Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa”

  1. william E Justin Says:

    It is good to have data backing this long-held “knowing” up. The human brain can be trained to switch very quickly between “feeling” the world and “breaking it down” analectically. One doesn’t need to deeply suppress one side of the brain in favor of the other. Empathy and Reason can be (and do) work in tandem–like the arms and feet of a swimmer.

    • Poor Richard Says:

      The take-away from the article is that keeping reason and empathy on deck at the same time (or at least nearly so) is an up-hill battle. It takes self-awareness and metacognitive effort.

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