[Source: Psych Central]
The brains of people with high levels of empathy appear to process music differently than those of low-empathy people, according to a new study by researchers from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, finds that high-empathy individuals process familiar music with greater involvement of the brain’s reward system as well as in regions associated with processing social information.
Previous research suggests that around 20 percent of the population is highly empathic. These are people who are especially sensitive and respond strongly to social and emotional stimuli.