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

@article{Singer2004EmpathyFP,
  title={Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Pain},
  author={T. Singer and B. Seymour and J. O'Doherty and H. Kaube and R. Dolan and C. Frith},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={303},
  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… Expand
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