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Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Pain
Only that part of the pain network associated with its affective qualities, but not its sensory qualities, mediates empathy, suggesting that the neural substrate for empathic experience does not involve the entire "pain matrix".
Empathic neural responses are modulated by the perceived fairness of others
It is shown that in men (at least) empathic responses are shaped by valuation of other people's social behaviour, such that they empathize with fair opponents while favouring the physical punishment of unfair opponents, a finding that echoes recent evidence for altruistic punishment.
The Social Neuroscience of Empathy
  • T. Singer, C. Lamm
  • Psychology
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 1 March 2009
An in‐depth and critical discussion of the findings of recent studies showing that empathy is a highly flexible phenomenon, and that vicarious responses are malleable with respect to a number of factors.
The empathic brain: how, when and why?
The neural basis of empathy.
Empathy-related insular and cingulate activity may reflect domain-general computations representing and predicting feeling states in self and others, likely guiding adaptive homeostatic responses and goal-directed behavior in dynamic social contexts.
Levels of emotional awareness and autism: An fMRI study
Difficulties in emotional awareness are related to hypoactivity in AI in both individuals with high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome and controls, and that the particular difficulties in emotionalawareness in individuals with HFA/AS are not related to their impairments in self-reflection/mentalizing.
Empathic brain responses in insula are modulated by levels of alexithymia but not autism
The findings suggest that empathy deficits observed in autism may be due to the large comorbidity between alexithymic traits and autism, rather than representing a necessary feature of the social impairments in autism.