If you barf when you see someone else barf, you may find that you’re fighting back tears when someone else cries. Why? It’s because you’re compassionate and highly evolved, according to new research.
Scientists have found that “mirror neurons” cause some to experience the same feelings as those around them, NBC News reports. ( http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/ )
This means that when you see someone tossing their lunch, your brain joins in with the person’s disgust, causing your stomach to turn too.
If you’re hoping to cure your episodes of physical empathy, Psychology professor at Lennebec Valley Community College Amy Morin says you’re out of luck.
“The bad news is, there's not much you can do about it. If you are prone to upchucking or gagging at the site, smell, or mention of vomit, your brain is likely fairly hard wired to react by doing so,” she said.
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