Social Modulation of Pain as Evidence for Empathy in Mice

@article{Langford2006SocialMO,
  title={Social Modulation of Pain as Evidence for Empathy in Mice},
  author={Dale J. Langford and S. Crager and Z. Shehzad and S. Smith and S. Sotocinal and Jeremy S Levenstadt and M. L. Chanda and Daniel J. Levitin and J. Mogil},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={312},
  pages={1967 - 1970}
}
Empathy is thought to be unique to higher primates, possibly to humans alone. We report the modulation of pain sensitivity in mice produced solely by exposure to their cagemates, but not to strangers, in pain. Mice tested in dyads and given an identical noxious stimulus displayed increased pain behaviors with statistically greater co-occurrence, effects dependent on visual observation. When familiar mice were given noxious stimuli of different intensities, their pain behavior was influenced by… Expand
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