Differential pattern of functional brain plasticity after compassion and empathy training.

  title={Differential pattern of functional brain plasticity after compassion and empathy training.},
  author={Olga M. Klimecki and Susanne Leiberg and M. Ricard and T. Singer},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  volume={9 6},
  • Olga M. Klimecki, Susanne Leiberg, +1 author T. Singer
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Social cognitive and affective neuroscience
  • Although empathy is crucial for successful social interactions, excessive sharing of others' negative emotions may be maladaptive and constitute a source of burnout. To investigate functional neural plasticity underlying the augmentation of empathy and to test the counteracting potential of compassion, one group of participants was first trained in empathic resonance and subsequently in compassion. In response to videos depicting human suffering, empathy training, but not memory training… CONTINUE READING
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