Reminders of mortality decrease midcingulate activity in response to others' suffering.

@article{Luo2014RemindersOM,
  title={Reminders of mortality decrease midcingulate activity in response to others' suffering.},
  author={Siyang Luo and Zhenhao Shi and Xuedong Yang and Xiaoying Wang and Shihui Han},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  year={2014},
  volume={9 4},
  pages={
          477-86
        }
}
Reminders of mortality influence human social cognition, but whether and how reminders of mortality affect brain activity underlying social cognition remains unclear. To test whether increasing mortality salience modulates neural responses to others' suffering, we scanned healthy adults who viewed video clips showing others in pain using functional magnetic resonance imaging. One group of participants were primed to increase mortality salience and another group were primed with negative affect… 

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