The Social Neuroscience of Empathy

  title={The Social Neuroscience of Empathy},
  author={Jean Decety and Sara D. Hodges},
Empathy is a complex psychological response in which observation, memory, knowledge, and reasoning are combined to yield insights into the thoughts and feelings of others (Ickes, 1997). There is broad agreement about two primary components of empathy: (1) an affective response to another person, which may (but not always) entail sharing that person’s emotional state; and (2) a cognitive capacity to take the other person’s perspective (e.g., Batson, 1991; Hodges & Wegner, 1997). Definitional… CONTINUE READING