Sara Konrath’s single mother struggled to raise their large family until Ruth befriended them, helping out in every way she could until she became a surrogate grandmother.
“Her amazing care and empathy has stayed with me all my life,” Konrath tells us.
Konrath has a life-long fascination with empathy—what makes people like Ruth care so selflessly for others? It’s a fascination to which we can relate. Today Konrath, who was raised in Canada, is a researcher at the University of Michigan where she puts empathy under the scientific microscope.
She and her colleagues have just released some startling findings about empathy in different age groups, and launched a new experiment to see if new media—like social media—can teach people to be more empathetic.
BY CRAIG & MARC KIELBURGER