Dissociable systems for empathy

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Abstract

Empathy is a lay term that is becoming increasingly used in the field of cognitive neuroscience. In this paper, it is argued that empathy is a loose collection of partially dissociable neurocognitive systems. Two forms of 'emotional' empathy were considered: First, responding to emotional expressions, particularly angry expressions, leading to response reversal. Secondly, responding to emotional expressions, particularly fearful and sad expressions, leading to stimulus-reinforcement learning. The implications of these forms of empathy for understanding specific psychiatric conditions are briefly considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmpathy and Fairness
Pages134-141
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Publication series

NameNovartis Foundation Symposium
Volume278
ISSN (Print)1528-2511

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  • Medicine(all)

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Blair, R. J. R. (2006). Dissociable systems for empathy. In Empathy and Fairness (pp. 134-141). (Novartis Foundation Symposium; Vol. 278).