Scientists have taken a big step in development of a pill
that can make a person more compassionate.
Scientists have found that a drug that prolongs effects of the brain chemical
dopamine boosts compassion. The pill changes the neurochemical balance in the
prefrontal cortex, causing a greater willingness to engage in prosocial
Future research may lead to a better understanding of
interaction between altered dopamine-brain mechanisms and mental illnesses,
such as schizophrenia or addiction. It could potentially light the way to
possible diagnostic tools or treatments, researchers noted.
"Our hope is that medications targeting social function may someday be
used to treat these disabling conditions," said Andrew Kayser, from the
University of California. In the study, published in the journal Current
Biology, after receiving the pill, participants divided the money with the
strangers in a faire way.