Viewing different bodies helps brain understand disabilities

Viewing different bodies helps brain understand disabilities

Viewing different bodies helps brain understand disabilities.

A new USC study finds evidence that watching television, of all things, can improve compassion and empathy.

Researchers discovered that seeing people with different bodies, such as amputees or those born with residual limbs, causes the brain’s motor network to work hard to process physical differences.

The thing that surprised the researchers was that same part of the motor network was activated to a greater degree when watching residual limbs doing the same activity. Participants’ brains worked overtime to process the use of a type of limb that they did not have.