Who caused the pain? An fMRI investigation of empathy and intentionality in children

@article{Decety2008WhoCT,
  title={Who caused the pain? An fMRI investigation of empathy and intentionality in children},
  author={J. Decety and K. Michalska and Yuko Akitsuki},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2008},
  volume={46},
  pages={2607-2614}
}
When we attend to other people in pain, the neural circuits underpinning the processing of first-hand experience of pain are activated in the observer. This basic somatic sensorimotor resonance plays a critical role in the primitive building block of empathy and moral reasoning that relies on the sharing of others' distress. However, the full-blown capacity of human empathy is more sophisticated than the mere simulation of the target's affective state. Indeed, empathy is about both sharing and… Expand
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