Oct 9, 2013 1:56 PM by NBC News

Empathetic kids better able to recognize sarcasm

Children with more acute empathy skills are better able to recognize sarcasm.

A new study used a series of puppet shows to determine how well a group of eight and nine-year olds could detect sarcastic comments.

Researchers found children with stronger empathy skills were twice as likely to recognize sarcasm than those with less empathy.

They believe that's because these children were more in tune with the speakers' intent and perspective and could better understand their emotions and attitudes.



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