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
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages134-141
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780470030585
ISBN (Print)047002626X, 9780470026267
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2008

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Psychiatry
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Reinforcement (Psychology)
Cognitive Neuroscience

Keywords

  • Dissociable systems for empathy
  • Emotional expressions and social response reversal (SRR)
  • Empathy and partially dissociable neurocognitive systems
  • Facial expressions of emotion
  • Theory of mind [ToM]

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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Blair, R. J. (2008). Dissociable Systems for Empathy. In Empathy and Fairness (pp. 134-141). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470030585.ch10

Dissociable Systems for Empathy. / Blair, Robert James.

Empathy and Fairness. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. p. 134-141.

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Blair, RJ 2008, Dissociable Systems for Empathy. in Empathy and Fairness. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 134-141. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470030585.ch10
Blair RJ. Dissociable Systems for Empathy. In Empathy and Fairness. Wiley-Blackwell. 2008. p. 134-141 https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470030585.ch10
Blair, Robert James. / Dissociable Systems for Empathy. Empathy and Fairness. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. pp. 134-141
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