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Can Thoughts Improve Empathy?

In Professor Sophie Scott’s video series “Ask a Neuroscientist” Dr. Rebecca Lawson answers the question, “You can improve some motor tasks by thinking – is the same true of empathy?”

She discusses neuroplasticity and how practicing with thinking has effects on muscles, as well as thought patterns with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

This video was produced for Brain Awareness Week 2013. Several other videos online ask the same question about empathy with more answers from other neuroscientists.

Watch them all as well as other interesting educational videos about brain science on Sophie Scott’s YouTube channel.

Can Thoughts Improve Empathy?

Sandra Kiume

Sandra Kiume is a mental health advocate from Vancouver, Canada, and the founder of @unsuicide. Along with maintaining Channel N, she contributes to World of Psychology.

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Kiume, S. (2016). Can Thoughts Improve Empathy?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 10, 2020, from


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