NEW YORK --Bill Clinton said he felt others' pain. But a new brain-scanning study suggests that when guys see a cheater get a mild electric shock, they don't feel his pain much at all. In fact, they rather enjoy it.This is yet another difference between men and women.
In contrast, women's brains showed they do empathize with the cheater's pain and don't get a kick out it.
It's not clear whether this difference in schadenfreude -- enjoyment of another's misfortune -- results from basic biology or sex roles learned during life, researchers say. But it could help explain why men have historically taken charge of punishing criminals and others who violate societal rules, said researcher Dr. Klaas Stephan.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Women feel your pain
Malcolm Ritter says women feel your pain more: