Understanding the role and limits of compassion

    A recent study in the journal “Science” claims that rats help each other – and even share goodies with their fellow rats.

    The research has a lot of publicity, and raises the general issue of compassion and empathy. In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss compassion – what it is, why we feel it and why it has limits:

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