The neuroevolution of empathy

  title={The neuroevolution of empathy},
  author={Jean Decety},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • J. Decety
  • Published 1 August 2011
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
There is strong evidence that empathy has deep evolutionary, biochemical, and neurological underpinnings. Even the most advanced forms of empathy in humans are built on more basic forms and remain connected to core mechanisms associated with affective communication, social attachment, and parental care. Social neuroscience has begun to examine the neurobiological mechanisms that instantiate empathy, especially in response to signals of distress and pain, and how certain dispositional and… 
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