Sensorimotor Alpha Activity is Modulated in Response to the Observation of Pain in Others

  title={Sensorimotor Alpha Activity is Modulated in Response to the Observation of Pain in Others},
  author={Stephen Whitmarsh and Ingrid L. C. Nieuwenhuis and HENK P. Barendregt and Ole Jensen},
  journal={Frontiers in Human Neuroscience},
The perception–action account of empathy states that observation of another person's state automatically activates a similar state in the observer. It is still unclear in what way ongoing sensorimotor alpha oscillations are involved in this process. Although they have been repeatedly implicated in (biological) action observation and understanding communicative gestures, less is known about their role in vicarious pain observation. Their role is understood as providing a graded inhibition… 

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