Nov 17th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Having less money correlates with having more empathy.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco
ran 200 university employees -- whose job titles ranged from support staff to managers -- through a series of tests in which they were required to identify the facial emotions
in both photographs and on actual people.
Not only were lower-income people able to identify the emotions of others more accurately, further research showed that if you could manipulate someone into thinking he is poorer -- say by telling him to visualize Bill Gates
-- suddenly that person's sense of empathy becomes keener.
This, by the way, is why you are always taking a risk when you look into the eyes of a hobo.