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Women are more empathetic than men

Sign of love Women are more empathetic than men
Patty Aguilar | 12 March, 2018, 22:51

The study also noted that those who had a genetic predisposition to a lower EQ also tended to be at a greater risk of being autistic.

The analysis found genes determine about 10 percent of the result in empathy scores, women on average are more empathetic than men, and the gene variants associated with less empathy also have links to higher risks of autism, the researchers report in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

'It will be equally important to understand the non-genetic factors that explain the other 90 per cent'.

"Empathy is the ability to recognize and respond to the emotional states of other individuals", the authors write. But they found this variation is not a result of DNA because no differences were observed in the genes that contribute to empathy in men and women. There are two different aspects to empathy. EQ studies have shown the differences in empathy among individuals. What isn't understood is whether there is a causal relationship between empathy and the risk for developing a psychiatric disorder, or whether, conversely, differences in empathy could themselves be caused by an underlying psychiatric disorder.

Empathy, the ability to understand and pay attention to the feelings of others, is mainly the product of our experience but also a bit of it is in our genes, showed the British and French researchers. "To date, no study has systematically investigated the genetic architecture of empathy using genome-wide association studies".

Fifteen years ago, scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom developed the Empathy Quotient (EQ), a brief self-report measure of empathy.

To measure both forms of empathy and the total level of the emotion, they developed the Empathy Quotient (EQ). About 10 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were part of the genotyping process undertaken by 23andMe, according to the paper. "This empathy difficulty can give rise to a disability that is no less challenging than other kinds of disability". "We as a society need to support those with disabilities, with novel teaching methods, workarounds, or reasonable adjustments, to promote inclusion". ".we identified significant genetic correlations" between EQ in females (EQ-F) and anorexia.and EQ in males (EQ-M) and autism", the researchers note.

This difference, however, is not genetic. They also found corresponding changes in brain structure. "Indeed, at least a tenth of this variation is associated with genetic factors", reported the Pasteur Institute in a statement regarding the study.

Varun Warrier, of Cambridge University, said: "This is an important step..." According to Bourgeron the specific genes have not yet been identified.

Fifteen years ago, the team at the University of Cambridge discovered that empathy is a combination of two separate emotions: cognitive and affective empathy.

Genes play a key role too, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge, the Institut Pasteur, Paris Diderot University, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and the genetics company 23andMe.

Our capacity to feel empathy for the plight of our fellow human beings is partly genetic - and is governed by some of the same genes that lie behind autism, a new study finds.

"Our next step is to gather larger samples to replicate these findings, and to pin-point the precise biological pathways associated with individual differences in empathy", Bourgeron said.

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