New insights into the underpinnings of empathy might help us harness the emotion—just when we need it the most

 Last year a striking video made its way around the Internet. In it, male sports fans sat, one at a time, opposite a female sports reporter who had been the target of abusive, misogynist tweets. Each man had to read the messages aloud to the woman who received them. One of the few printable examples was, “I hope your boyfriend beats you.” The goal of the project, created by a Web site called Just Not Sports, was to force the men to experience “the shocking online harassment happening to women in sports day in, day out.” Every man involved appeared to come away with a better sense of how awful it was to be on the receiving end of such nastiness. Full article here.