Dec 13 / Simcha

How Do Children Develop Empathy? (P. Klass)

Detail, NYTimes illustration: Joyce Hesselberth

A popular nature-vs-nurture discussion in recent months focuses on how children develop “prosocial behavior,” the capacity to notice the distress of others and to be moved by it.  In the following selection from a longer article in the NYTimes (12.10.12), Dr. Perri Klass examines the research on “how and why we become our better selves.”

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