Empathy as a driver of prosocial behaviour: highly conserved neurobehavioural mechanisms across species.

@article{Decety2016EmpathyAA,
  title={Empathy as a driver of prosocial behaviour: highly conserved neurobehavioural mechanisms across species.},
  author={Jean Decety and Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal and F Uzefovsky and Ariel Knafo},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={371 1686},
  pages={20150077}
}
Empathy reflects the natural ability to perceive and be sensitive to the emotional states of others, coupled with a motivation to care for their well-being. It has evolved in the context of parental care for offspring, as well as within kinship bonds, to help facilitate group living. In this paper, we integrate the perspectives of evolution, animal behaviour, developmental psychology, and social and clinical neuroscience to elucidate our understanding of the proximate mechanisms underlying… CONTINUE READING

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