Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship, study shows August 22, 2013 by lizwinn Leave a comment Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship, study shows. “Self-identity is largely based on whom we know and empathize with”. Interesting: the study noted a stress response when their friends were “under threat”, but not when threats were applied to strangers. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrPinterestPocketEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleLike this:Like Loading... Related Author: lizwinn Biochemistry, psychology, food, cooking, spirituality, friends, and family are my world. I come here to write about them all, all the things that Nourish.