Sometimes science is really cool. We’ve always known that as humans we are able to feel others pain and connect with how others are feeling, pretty interesting to see that this was figured out with the help of science!
This discovery of course relates to what some of us call empathy.
In the nineties, some very insightful Italian neuroscientists were able to discover that while mammals observe something consciously, the motor cortex is activated. This means your brain retains information of what you are observing as if you are also doing it... Wow.
Other people learnt about it and studied this more, they ended up finding that this also associated with our learning, communication and in our ability to be empathetic.
On a good note, some researchers had been able to show that when we practice being compassionate we are better able to connect emotionally with one species to another, and thus able to be more empathic : ).