Doctors 'switch off' feelings of empathy

日期:2019-03-02 08:05:02 作者:喻拯 阅读:

WHEN observing people in pain, doctors suppress the brain circuits associated with feelings of empathy, and bump up activity in areas linked to self-control. Jean Decety at the University of Chicago, Illinois, and colleagues asked 14 doctors and a group of non-medical volunteers to watch video clips of people undergoing acupuncture or being touched with harmless cotton swabs. Their brain activity was scanned throughout using functional MRI. Neither group reacted when watching patients being touched with cotton. When the control group watched needles being inserted, however,