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In ChatGPT vs. Actual Doctors, an 'Unexpected' Result

Patients rated AI chatbot more empathetic in its written advice than human doctors

(Newser) - Scriptwriters , lawyers , and telemarketers are all warily eyeing ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot that may soon start horning in on their jobs. Doctors might want to keep tabs on how the AI tool could affect their industry as well, especially after new research found that ChatGPT had a better...

Sorry, Guys, Women Get Empathy Better Than You Do
In 57 Nations, Women Outscore
Men on Empathy, 57-0
new study

In 57 Nations, Women Outscore Men on Empathy, 57-0

Largest study of its kind confirms the point

(Newser) - The largest study of its kind has confirmed what researchers—and probably most people—already suspected: Women are more empathetic than men. The study out of the University of Cambridge and published in PNAS had 300,000 people from 57 countries take a particular test: Participants looked at photos of...

This Famous Stunt Dieter's Approach: Empathy, Shame

Like many diet and fitness programs, this may not align with the latest medical research

(Newser) - Trainer Drew Manning is "the world's most influential stunt dieter," proclaims the headline of Spenser Mestel's piece for Men’s Health. Manning, he explains, is known for his binge-based, emotionally charged Fit2Fat2Fit brand and went viral in 2011 when he spent six months getting fat on...

Neil Young Calls for Empathy on Rioters

'The people ... have been so manipulated,' singer writes in call for unity

(Newser) - Neil Young made no secret of his Democratic leanings in the lead up to the 2020 election. But that doesn't mean he doesn't empathize with Capitol rioters. "I was shocked to see the Confederate flag being waved inside the chamber; the destruction and disrespect. But mostly I...

Men Are From Mars (Logic), Women From Venus (Empathy)

Cambridge scientists reinforce old stereotypes; critics pounce on 'neurosexism'

(Newser) - In what's said to be the largest study examining differences between the sexes, a longtime stereotype is holding some water—though critics are pushing back on the supposed biological merit underlying the results. The Telegraph reports that researchers at the University of Cambridge tested more than 670,000 people...

How Empathetic Are Americans? Meh
How Empathetic
Are Americans? Meh

How Empathetic Are Americans? Meh

US ranks 7th of 63 countries in first-time ranking

(Newser) - Americans aren't the worst by far, but we could use some help in the empathy department, a new study finds. A ranking of "the ability to understand and share the feelings of others" in 63 countries found the US in seventh place, Science Daily reports, behind Saudi Arabia....

Possible New Tylenol Warning: 'May Cause a Lack of Empathy'
 Tylenol Ingredient 
 May Dull Your Empathy 

Tylenol Ingredient May Dull Your Empathy

Study finds link with acetaminophen

(Newser) - If the results of a new study hold up to further research, Tylenol may have to start coming up with a new warning label: "may cause a lack of empathy." Researchers studying acetaminophen—the active painkiller in Tylenol and about 600 other medicines—found people taking it showed...

Study: Men Are Less Likely to Catch a Yawn

So-called 'contagious' yawning has been linked to empathy

(Newser) - Contagious yawning has long been linked to empathy—we are more likely to yawn when someone we know yawns than when a stranger does. But now researchers in Pisa, Italy, have taken it a step further. They spent five years "surreptitiously" tracking real-world yawns, as Science puts it (the...

Here's One Possible Way to ID a Psycho

Study finds those who have less empathy are less likely to 'catch' a yawn

(Newser) - A human behavior that's often contagious may provide a simple clue to whether a person is a psychopath, researchers from Baylor University have discovered, per Smithsonian . A study published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal finds that individuals with psychopathic traits—including coldheartedness, self-centered impulsivity, and "fearless...

Rats Will Rescue Friends in Distress
 Rats Will Rescue 
 Friends in Distress 
study says

Rats Will Rescue Friends in Distress

One rat will open the door for another stuck in water

(Newser) - Rats may not have the best reputation, but a new study suggests that they're actually pretty good citizens. Researchers found that if a rat is in distress in water, another will save it, according to a post in Science Daily . Researchers put one rat in a pool of water...

Ladies, Men Really Don't Feel Your Pain
 Ladies, Men Really 
 Don't Feel Your Pain 

Ladies, Men Really Don't Feel Your Pain

Researchers find women, parents are much more empathetic

(Newser) - Think your man doesn't feel your pain? It might not be in your head after all. Scientists in Australia say men simply aren't very empathetic when their partners are blue—and they have a national survey to prove it, reports the Herald Sun . Researchers interviewed 20,000 Australians...

Study: Psychopaths Can Choose to Have Empathy

They just have to flip the empathy 'switch'

(Newser) - Psychopaths aren't devoid of human empathy, they just have the ability to switch it on and off, a new study suggests—though they do tend to default to "off". The study hooked criminals diagnosed with psycopathy up to a brain scanner, and showed them video clips of two...

Botox Can Make It Harder to Empathize
 Botox Can Make It 
 Harder to Empathize 
study says

Botox Can Make It Harder to Empathize

Without the ability to mimic expressions, it's difficult to perceive emotions

(Newser) - Research has already shown that Botox can have an effect on your own emotions, but a new study shows it may also affect how you perceive the emotions of others, USA Today reports. Part of the way we read emotions involves mimicking the facial expressions of others, the lead researcher...

Chickens Can Feel Empathy, New Study Shows

 Hens Can Feel 
 Their Chicks' Pain 
study says

Hens Can Feel Their Chicks' Pain

Study shows they share signs of distress

(Newser) - If you’ve been looking for a reason to take up vegetarianism, here you go: A new study finds that chickens can feel empathy. Researchers in the UK ruffled the feathers of chicks by exposing them to puffs of air. The result: signs of distress in the chicks … that...

Om My! Meditation Changes Brain Structure

Brain scans indicate permanent, positive development

(Newser) - This might already be obvious to enlightened souls, but researchers are discovering that meditation may permanently change the physical structure of the brain. Neural circuits linked to focus, happiness and empathy may be strengthened through long-term meditation, effectively rewiring the brain and "lighting up" certain sections with a life-long...

'Cuddle Spray' Turns Men More Feminine

 'Cuddle Spray' 
 Makes Men Girly 
in case you missed it

'Cuddle Spray' Makes Men Girly

Hormone induces emotion, empathy

(Newser) - Watch out macho men: German researchers have found a way to make males more sensitive. A hormone-laced potion called "cuddle spray" shot into men's noses can make males more emotional, empathetic and snugly. The active ingredient is oxytocin, a so-called "trust hormone" that is released during orgasm and...

Alcoholics Are Less Able to Read Your Face

Sensitivity is lower even when drinkers are sober for years: study

(Newser) - Long-term alcoholics have a diminished ability to sense others’ emotions, even if they have been sober for years, the Chicago Tribune reports. A new study used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to look at the brain activity of abstinent alcoholics and non-alcoholics while they looked at pictures of faces that...

Sotomayor Oath to Be Televised
 Sotomayor Oath to Be Televised 

Sotomayor Oath to Be Televised

Republicans feel they have dealt a blow to judicial empathy

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor will be sworn in to the Supreme Court on national television tomorrow morning, marking the first time the judicial oath administration has been broadcast, the Washington Post reports. The ceremony will take place at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, following the practice of Samuel Alito, who broke...

GOP Attacks on 'Empathy' During Hearings' First Day

Republicans stake out a position against judicial 'empathy'

(Newser) - With Republicans unlikely to be able to block Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation, it seems they’ve settled for drawing a stark contrast between President Obama’s philosophy of law and their own, writes Andrew Cohen for CBS News. During statements today, GOP senators repeatedly attacked Obama’s comments that “...

Senators Duke It Out at Sotomayor Hearing

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor has wrapped up the first session of what promises to be a successful but contentious confirmation process. Patrick Leahy opened today's hearing by expressing hope Sotomayor would be spared racial attacks. “She has been a judge for all Americans,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chair said. “...

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