Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Pain

  title={Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Pain},
  author={Tania Singer and Ben Seymour and John P. O'Doherty and Holger Kaube and Raymond J. Dolan and Chris D. Frith},
  pages={1157 - 1162}
Our ability to have an experience of another's pain is characteristic of empathy. Using functional imaging, we assessed brain activity while volunteers experienced a painful stimulus and compared it to that elicited when they observed a signal indicating that their loved one—present in the same room—was receiving a similar pain stimulus. Bilateral anterior insula (AI), rostral anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), brainstem, and cerebellum were activated when subjects received pain and also by a… 
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