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Vagal Reactivity and Compassionate Responses to the Suffering of Others

@inproceedings{Stellar2013VagalRA,
  title={Vagal Reactivity and Compassionate Responses to the Suffering of Others},
  author={J. Stellar},
  year={2013}
}
Theoretical and empirical work suggest that the vagus nerve supports social behavior, promoting communication, social engagement, coping or self-soothing in social situations, and the initiation of socially supportive behavior (e.g. Porges, 2003). Guided by this thinking, I predict that the experience of compassion in response to the suffering of others is associated with greater vagus nerve activation. I test this hypothesis across four studies in which participants witnessed others suffer… Expand

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