Empathy in adolescents from conflict-prone regions

According to a magnetoencephalography study of 80 Israeli and Palestinian adolescents ages 15-18 in which participants saw images of Israeli or Palestinian protagonists, adolescents reared during long-term conflicts arrest the brain’s automatic response to outgroup pain, and the adolescents’ uncompromising worldviews and hostile one-on-one interactions with outgroup members may explain the response, suggesting that positive experiences with outgroup members and witnessing adult empathy may help such youths develop compassion. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-12903: “Adolescents growing up amidst intractable conflict attenuate brain response to pain of outgroup,” by Jonathan Levy et al.