A new skill set to improve the old one.... psychologists, neuroscientists, economists and educators have envisioned a new direction for education emphasizing on a different set of qualities, that are—for a lack of a better term—“non-cognitive skills.” In other words: soft skills or social skills. It’s empathy. And empathy pays off, according to researchers at McGill University in Montreal. .. Empathy can help reduce the damaging effects of repeated stress in human children—like it did for the rat pups in the McGill University laboratory—which seems to suggest that empathy has tremendous implications for achievement, both socially and intellectually. Empathy isn’t just something for youth, either. It’s a skill that can transform a community and build social capital.