A study at University College London: mirror-touch synesthetes showed higher capacities for emotional empathy than others did. They may experience stronger gut reactions when they observe someone in distress. Synesthestes, however, scored similarly to non-synesthetes when attempting to imagine rationally how other people feel. This suggests that more than one path through the brain ends in empathy. (Mahony, Melissa. “Finding the Connection,” Scientific American Mind, October/November 2007.)

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