The Social Neuroscience of Empathy

  title={The Social Neuroscience of Empathy},
  author={Tania Singer and Claus Lamm},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • T. Singer, C. Lamm
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Psychology
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
The phenomenon of empathy entails the ability to share the affective experiences of others. In recent years social neuroscience made considerable progress in revealing the mechanisms that enable a person to feel what another is feeling. The present review provides an in‐depth and critical discussion of these findings. Consistent evidence shows that sharing the emotions of others is associated with activation in neural structures that are also active during the first‐hand experience of that… 

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