Interoceptive awareness enhances neural activity during empathy.

@article{Ernst2013InteroceptiveAE,
  title={Interoceptive awareness enhances neural activity during empathy.},
  author={Jutta Ernst and Georg Northoff and Heinz Boeker and Erich Seifritz and Simone Grimm},
  journal={Human brain mapping},
  year={2013},
  volume={34 7},
  pages={
          1615-24
        }
}
Empathy is a multicomponent function that includes sensorimotor, affective, and cognitive components. Although especially the affective component may implicate interoception and interoceptive awareness, the impact of interoception on empathy has never been evaluated behaviorally or neurophysiologically. Here, we tested how a preceding period of interoceptive awareness impacts and modulates neural activity during subsequent empathy. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and… CONTINUE READING
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