The neural basis of empathy.

@article{Bernhardt2012TheNB,
  title={The neural basis of empathy.},
  author={Boris C. Bernhardt and Tania Singer},
  journal={Annual review of neuroscience},
  year={2012},
  volume={35},
  pages={
          1-23
        }
}
Empathy--the ability to share the feelings of others--is fundamental to our emotional and social lives. Previous human imaging studies focusing on empathy for others' pain have consistently shown activations in regions also involved in the direct pain experience, particularly anterior insula and anterior and midcingulate cortex. These findings suggest that empathy is, in part, based on shared representations for firsthand and vicarious experiences of affective states. Empathic responses are not… Expand

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