The neuronal basis and ontogeny of empathy and mind reading: Review of literature and implications for future research

@article{Singer2006TheNB,
  title={The neuronal basis and ontogeny of empathy and mind reading: Review of literature and implications for future research},
  author={Tania Singer},
  journal={Neuroscience \& Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={855-863}
}
  • T. Singer
  • Published 31 December 2006
  • Psychology
  • Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews

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