Is there a core neural network in empathy? An fMRI based quantitative meta-analysis

@article{Fan2011IsTA,
  title={Is there a core neural network in empathy? An fMRI based quantitative meta-analysis},
  author={Yan Fan and Niall W. Duncan and Moritz de Greck and Georg Northoff},
  journal={Neuroscience \& Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2011},
  volume={35},
  pages={903-911}
}
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