On the interaction of social affect and cognition: empathy, compassion and theory of mind

@article{Preckel2018OnTI,
  title={On the interaction of social affect and cognition: empathy, compassion and theory of mind},
  author={Katrin Preckel and Philipp Kanske and Tania Singer},
  journal={Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences},
  year={2018},
  volume={19},
  pages={1-6}
}
Empathy, compassion and Theory of Mind (ToM) are central topics in social psychology and neuroscience. While empathy enables the sharing of others’ emotions and may result in empathic distress, a maladaptive form of empathic resonance, or compassion, a feeling of warmth and concern for others, ToM provides cognitive understanding of someone else’s thoughts or intentions. These socio-affective and sociocognitive routes to understanding others are subserved by separable, independent brain… CONTINUE READING
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