Q & As
Q&As with scientists on their research and its applications or special topics in the field.
On Empathy: Q&A with Peggy MasonAuthor of the October Cerebrum essay, "With a Little Help from My Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy"
Empathy—the ability to perceive and share another person's emotional state—is the subject of the Cerebrum article “With A Little Help from My Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy.” Answering questions about her research and the latest on this aspect of social neuroscience is Peggy Mason, Ph.D., a professor of neurobiology at the University of Chicago and the author of Medical Neurobiology. Mason, whose lab is currently interested in empathetic healing and helping behavior in rats, also offers an open online course, “Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life.”