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Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Pain
Our ability to have an experience of another's pain is characteristic of empathy. Using functional imaging, we assessed brain activity while volunteers experienced a painful stimulus and compared itExpand
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Meta-analytic evidence for common and distinct neural networks associated with directly experienced pain and empathy for pain
A growing body of evidence suggests that empathy for pain is underpinned by neural structures that are also involved in the direct experience of pain, and we link their involvement to representing global feeling states and the guidance of adaptive behavior for both self- and other-related experiences. Expand
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The neuronal basis and ontogeny of empathy and mind reading: Review of literature and implications for future research
  • T. Singer
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • 31 December 2006
Social neuro-science has recently started to investigate the neuronal mechanisms underlying our ability to understand the mental and emotional states of others. In this review, imaging researchExpand
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Empathic neural responses are modulated by the perceived fairness of others
The neural processes underlying empathy are a subject of intense interest within the social neurosciences. However, very little is known about how brain empathic responses are modulated by theExpand
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The Social Neuroscience of Empathy
  • T. Singer, C. Lamm
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 1 March 2009
The phenomenon of empathy entails the ability to share the affective experiences of others. In recent years social neuroscience made considerable progress in revealing the mechanisms that enable aExpand
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The empathic brain: how, when and why?
Recent imaging results suggest that individuals automatically share the emotions of others when exposed to their emotions. We question the assumption of the automaticity and propose a contextualExpand
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The neural basis of empathy.
Empathy--the ability to share the feelings of others--is fundamental to our emotional and social lives. Previous human imaging studies focusing on empathy for others' pain have consistently shownExpand
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Levels of emotional awareness and autism: An fMRI study
Abstract Autism is associated with an inability to identify and distinguish one's own feelings. We assessed this inability using alexithymia and empathy questionnaires, and used fMRI to investigateExpand
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Empathic brain responses in insula are modulated by levels of alexithymia but not autism
Difficulties in social cognition are well recognized in individuals with autism spectrum conditions (henceforth ‘autism’). Here we focus on one crucial aspect of social cognition: the ability toExpand
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I feel how you feel but not always: the empathic brain and its modulation
  • G. Hein, T. Singer
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Neurobiology
  • 1 April 2008
The ability to share the other's feelings, known as empathy, has recently become the focus of social neuroscience studies. We review converging evidence that empathy with, for example, the pain ofExpand
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