The Roots of Empathy: The Shared Manifold Hypothesis and the Neural Basis of Intersubjectivity

@article{Gallese2003TheRO,
  title={The Roots of Empathy: The Shared Manifold Hypothesis and the Neural Basis of Intersubjectivity},
  author={Vittorio Gallese},
  journal={Psychopathology},
  year={2003},
  volume={36},
  pages={171 - 180}
}
  • V. Gallese
  • Published 1 July 2003
  • Psychology
  • Psychopathology
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