Researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity have found that people feel more empathy towards hurt or bat­tered dogs than for an adult human.

But when it comes to babies, the playing field is level.

The find­ings are from a study con­ducted by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity soci­ology pro­fes­sors Jack Levin and Arnold Arluke that was pre­sented at this month’s meeting of the Amer­ican Soci­o­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion in New York City, according to Boston Mag­a­zine and a news release.

In the study, Levin and Arluke asked 240 stu­dents from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity to read one of four fic­tional news arti­cles about the beating of a 1-​​year-​​old child, an adult in his 30s, a puppy, or a 6-​​year-​​old dog. Each story was iden­tical except for the iden­tity of the victim. After reading the story, the stu­dents, who didn’t know the sto­ries were fake, were asked to rate their feel­ings of empathy towards the victim.

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