SCHOOLED IN EMPATHY
Can empathy be taught then? In one recent study, doctors were randomly put through three 60-minute empathy modules.
The empathy training group showed greater changes in “empathy” scores compared to the control group, and showed greater changes in knowledge of the scientific basis of empathy and in the ability to decode facial expressions of emotion. Three hours was all it took.
The authors hypothesised that “the quality of care in medicine could be improved by integrating the neuroscience of empathy into medical education”.
BY JEREMY LIM