A new brain imaging study shows that women may be hard-wired to respond to images more compassionately than men. If compassion is a key component of moral goodness, then does this finding imply that women are more capable of goodness than men? What do you think?
(W)omen’s brains process compassion differently than men’s, apparently due to the distinctive way our respective neural systems evolved.
“Our results suggest that compassion mechanisms evolved differentially in women, probably in connection with social skills including maternal preverbal communication and emotional responses to helpless offspring,” a research team led by Roberto Mercadillo of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Institute of Neurobiology writes in the journal Brain and Cognition.
This is one small study (only 12 women and 12 men were examined), so the results may be as much a fluke as reality.