Fascinating new paper from Anna Jenkins: When people feel empathy for hypothetical victims of immense suffering, they are more likely to say they should die, preferring to end suffering rather than prolong life.
"Higher empathy for a suffering accident victim was associated with greater preference to let the person die rather than keep the person alive."
People were more biased in favor of “those whose perspectives they had taken than those whom they considered from afar, and those who remained alert and actively suffering than those whose injuries had rendered them unconscious.” (Ns = 220, 167)