Induction of Empathy by the Smell of Anxiety

  title={Induction of Empathy by the Smell of Anxiety},
  author={Alexander Prehn-Kristensen and Christian Dirk Wiesner and Til O. Bergmann and Stephan Wolff and Olav Jansen and H. Maximilian Mehdorn and Roman Ferstl and Bettina M. Pause},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  pages={403 - 405}
The communication of stress/anxiety between conspecifics through chemosensory signals has been documented in many vertebrates and invertebrates. Here, we investigate how chemosensory anxiety signals conveyed by the sweat of humans (N = 49) awaiting an academic examination are processed by the human brain, as compared to chemosensory control signals obtained from the same sweat donors in a sport condition. The chemosensory stimuli were pooled according to the donation condition and administered… CONTINUE READING
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