How allegiances affect empathy

A new study has examined whether one’s allegiances affect feelings of empathy when administering rewards or punishment.

The study, undertaken by University of Queensland psychologist Pascal Molenberghs and an international team of researchers, is the first of its kind to map neuroimages of brain activity in response to receiving money or electroshocks.

Findings indicated increased activation in reward-related brain areas occurs both when receiving and delivering rewards, with areas becoming more active when allegiance exists between parties.

Read more at The University of Queensland