Intentional Practice

The Neuroscience of Empathy
Humans are wired to connect with one another
by Marco Iacoboni - Neuroscientist, UCLA Brain Mapping Center
"How to Be More Empathic

While we have this natural tendency toward empathy, it’s something we can strengthen through intentional practice.

In a recent study on facial mimicry, researchers found that the degree of facial mimicry increased when the participants were given the explicit goal of understanding the other person’s emotional state.

So even though we practice facial mimicry on a subtle level all the time, we have the ability to ramp up those efforts — and, in turn, this will ramp up how well we understand and connect with others."