From facial mimicry to emotional empathy: A role for norepinephrine?

  title={From facial mimicry to emotional empathy: A role for norepinephrine?},
  author={Neil A. Harrison and Robert Wes Morgan and Hugo D. Critchley},
  booktitle={Social neuroscience},
Tendency to mimic others' emotional facial expressions predicts empathy and may represent a physiological marker of psychopathy. Anatomical connectivity between amygdala, cingulate motor cortex (M3, M4), and facial nucleus demonstrates a potential neuroanatomical substrate for mimicry, though pharmacological influences are largely unknown. Norepinephrine modulation selectively impairs negative emotion recognition, reflecting a potential role in processing empathy-eliciting facial expressions… CONTINUE READING
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