Empathy: A unitary circuit or a set of dissociable neuro-cognitive systems?

R. James R. Blair, Karina S. Perschardt

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We question whether empathy is mediated by a unitary circuit. We argue that recent neuroimaging data indicate dissociable neural responses for different facial expressions as well as for representing others' mental states (Theory of Mind, TOM). We also argue that the general empathy disorder considered characteristics of autism and psychopathy is not general but specific for each disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-28
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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