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The functional architecture of human empathy.
  • J. Decety, P. Jackson
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience reviews
  • 1 June 2004
TLDR
A model of empathy that involves parallel and distributed processing in a number of dissociable computational mechanisms is proposed and may be used to make specific predictions about the various empathy deficits that can be encountered in different forms of social and neurological disorders. Expand
Meta-analytic evidence for common and distinct neural networks associated with directly experienced pain and empathy for pain
TLDR
It is concluded that social neuroscience paradigms provide reliable and accurate insights into complex social phenomena such as empathy and that meta-analyses of previous studies are a valuable tool in this endeavor. Expand
How do we perceive the pain of others? A window into the neural processes involved in empathy
TLDR
The findings suggest that there is a partial cerebral commonality between perceiving pain in another individual and experiencing it oneself, and this study adds to the understanding of the neurological mechanisms implicated in intersubjectivity and human empathy. Expand
Effect of subjective perspective taking during simulation of action: a PET investigation of agency
TLDR
It is suggested that the right inferior parietal, precuneus and somatosensory cortex are specifically involved in distinguishing self-produced actions from those generated by others. Expand
Functional anatomy of execution, mental simulation, observation, and verb generation of actions: A meta‐analysis
TLDR
A meta‐analysis is evaluated in specific detail to what extent the activated foci elicited by these studies overlap and the concept of shared motor representations has been proposed. Expand
The Role of the Right Temporoparietal Junction in Social Interaction: How Low-Level Computational Processes Contribute to Meta-Cognition
  • J. Decety, C. Lamm
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Neuroscientist : a review journal bringing…
  • 2 October 2007
TLDR
A quantitative meta-analysis of 70 functional neuroimaging studies demonstrates that the right inferior parietal cortex is also engaged in lower-level (bottom-up) computational processes associated with the sense of agency and reorienting attention to salient stimuli. Expand
The Neural Substrate of Human Empathy: Effects of Perspective-taking and Cognitive Appraisal
TLDR
The view that humans' responses to the pain of others can be modulated by cognitive and motivational processes, which influence whether observing a conspecific in need of help will result in empathic concern, an important instigator for helping behavior, is supported. Expand
Modulating the experience of agency: a positron emission tomography study
TLDR
It is demonstrated that the level of activity of specific brain areas maps onto the experience of causing or controlling an action, particularly in the inferior part of the parietal lobe. Expand
Human Empathy Through the Lens of Social Neuroscience
  • J. Decety, C. Lamm
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • TheScientificWorldJournal
  • 20 September 2006
TLDR
It is argued that empathy involves both emotion sharing and executive control to regulate and modulate this experience (top-down information processing), underpinned by specific and interacting neural systems. Expand
Dissecting the Neural Mechanisms Mediating Empathy
Empathy is thought to play a key role in motivating prosocial behavior, guiding our preferences and behavioral responses, and providing the affective and motivational base for moral development.Expand
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