A Social-Neuroscience Perspective on Empathy

  title={A Social-Neuroscience Perspective on Empathy},
  author={J. Decety and P. Jackson},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={54 - 58}
In recent years, abundant evidence from behavioral and cognitive studies and functional-imaging experiments has indicated that individuals come to understand the emotional and affective states expressed by others with the help of the neural architecture that produces such states in themselves. Such a mechanism gives rise to shared representations, which constitutes one important aspect of empathy, although not the sole one. We suggest that other components, including people's ability to monitor… Expand

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