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Power's possible effects on the brain

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Feeling powerful may affect the brain and make people less able to empathize with others, according to the Atlantic.

Outside the brain: Psychology professor Dacher Keltner studied the behaviors of powerful people and observed that they were more impulsive, less aware of risks and not as likely to see someone else's point of view or "simulate the experience of others."

Inside the brain: Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist, found that power impaired the "mirroring" process in the brain, which is key to empathy, when he took a look inside the brains of those with and without power.