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Imaging empathy and prosocial emotions.

Authors
  • Lamm, Claus1
  • Rütgen, Markus2
  • Wagner, Isabella C2
  • 1 Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit, Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Liebiggasse 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Austria)
  • 2 Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit, Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Liebiggasse 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria. , (Austria)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neuroscience letters
Publication Date
Feb 06, 2019
Volume
693
Pages
49–53
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.06.054
PMID: 28668381
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
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Abstract

Empathy is a multi-faceted construct with important implications for social behavior. Based on a selective review of the neuroscientific evidence collected in humans, the present paper discusses the neural representations underlying affect sharing, its relation to mentalizing, the importance of self-other distinction, the distinction between empathy, sympathy and compassion, and how these phenomena are linked to prosocial behavior. Apart from reviewing the literature, we also highlight open questions and how they might be addressed by a research approach that tries to integrate across these diverse constructs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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