|People’s Suprising Empathy With The Pain of Their Enemies
Jewish people asked to watch the pain of neo-Nazis in brain imaging study.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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