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EmpathyFrom Bench to Bedside$
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Jean Decety

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016612

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016612.001.0001

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Empathy and Compassion: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective

Empathy and Compassion: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective

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Abigail A. Marsh

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the association between empathy and neural and psychological forces, as well as a cognitive neuroscience study that focuses on the relationship between empathy and distress detection and response. It looks at the identification of distress-related emotions, including disgust, pain, and fear via neurocognitive research, as well as the ability of an emotion such as fear to bring out compassionate empathic or concerned responses in a person. The chapter explores clinical disorders like psychopathy, which, according to research, is the result of an empathy deficit in a person. It presents the relationship between facial expression recognition and altruistic behavior through a series of studies, and concludes with the usefulness of fear cues in understanding the aspects of empathy.

Keywords:   empathy, cognitive neuroscience, fear, neurocognitive research, facial expression, altruistic behavior

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