The multilevel organization of vicarious pain responses: Effects of pain cues and empathy traits on spinal nociception and acute pain

@article{VachonPresseau2011TheMO,
  title={The multilevel organization of vicarious pain responses: Effects of pain cues and empathy traits on spinal nociception and acute pain},
  author={Etienne Vachon-Presseau and Marc. O. Martel and Mathieu Roy and Etienne Caron and Pierre Rainville},
  journal={PAIN®},
  year={2011},
  volume={152},
  pages={1525-1531}
}
The shared-representation model of empathy suggests that vicarious pain processes rely partly on the activation of brain systems underlying self-pain in the observer. Here, we tested the hypothesis that self-pain may be facilitated by the vicarious priming of neural systems underlying pain perception. Pictures illustrating painful agents applied to the hand or the foot (sensory information), or painful facial expressions (emotional information) were shown to 43 participants to test the effects… CONTINUE READING
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