IN a study published in the journal "Translational Psychiatry," the researchers examined whether the genetics of how empathic they are can be understood.
In the work done on 46 thousand people, participant's "empathy intelligence (EQ)" was measured by a questionnaire while the sample of saliva was taken for DNA test.
Investigating participants' DNA samples and survey results, the researchers stated that the differences in genes reveal why some are more empathic than others.
GENERAL DETERMINATION OF 10 PERCENT
Genes were discovered to be at least 10 percent predictive of differences in empathy levels among individuals.
The study, which indicated that there is a difference between empathy and gender, emphasized that women are generally more empathic than men.
The researchers reported that women in the questionnaire scored 80 points received 50 points and men 41 points, but found no genetic differences behind it.
In the study, it was also underlined that the relationship between lower empathy and genetic diversity is also related to the risk of higher inward closure.
In a study of the genetic difference between higher and lower empathy levels, it was not known what the specific "empathy genes" responsible for this difference were.