Children with a non-typically developing twin show more understanding of others’ emotions

A research project in Israel involving 63 families with 11-year-old twins, one typically developing (TD) and one not typically developing (non-TD), found that the TD twin developed a stronger understanding of others’ emotion or “cognitive empathy.” Also, while girls overall tend to show more understanding of emotion than boys, this is not the case among girls and boys who have a twin sibling with special needs.

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