Empathizing with basic emotions: common and discrete neural substrates.

@article{Chakrabarti2006EmpathizingWB,
  title={Empathizing with basic emotions: common and discrete neural substrates.},
  author={Bhismadev Chakrabarti and Edward T. Bullmore and Simon Baron-Cohen},
  journal={Social neuroscience},
  year={2006},
  volume={1 3-4},
  pages={364-84}
}
Empathizing is a quantitative trait involving understanding another's mental state (including their emotion) and responding to this with an appropriate emotion. A reliable, behaviorally validated self-report questionnaire measure of this is the Empathy Quotient (EQ), which is continuously distributed across the general population. The "discrete emotions" model posits that each "basic" emotion has a relatively independent evolutionary antecedent and social-communicative function and is subserved… CONTINUE READING

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