NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A genome-wide analysis has uncovered genetic links between empathy and certain psychiatric conditions and psychological traits.

Empathy, which helps cultivate relationships among people, includes both the ability to recognize someone else's thoughts and feelings as well as the ability to respond with appropriate reciprocal emotions. While empathy is shaped by early experiences, parenting, and other social factors, it's also thought to have a biological basis and is affected in conditions like autism and schizophrenia.

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