Subliminal presentation of other faces (but not own face) primes behavioral and evoked cortical processing of empathy for pain

  title={Subliminal presentation of other faces (but not own face) primes behavioral and evoked cortical processing of empathy for pain},
  author={Agustin M Ibanez and Esteban Hurtado and Alejandro Lobos and Jos{\'e}-Pablo Escobar and Natalia Trujillo and Sandra Baez and David Huepe and Facundo Manes and Jean Decety},
  journal={Brain Research},

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