Empathy Fosters Creativity
Teaching children empathy can lead to an improvement in creativity and also have other beneficial outcomes, according to a study done by University of Cambridge. The study was done among students in the age group of 13-14 in two inner London schools. One group of students (control group) learned the curriculum-prescribed lessons while the intervention group undertook lessons created with engineering design thinking tools to engender empathy while solving real-world problems. The results showed a statistically significant increase in creativity among pupils in the intervention group. It was 78% higher for the intervention group than the control group. The study’s authors suggest that encouraging empathy not only improves creativity but can deepen pupils’ general engagement with learning. ‘Emotional expressiveness’ and open-mindedness was higher in the intervention group.