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Understanding others: empathy and cognitive perspective taking in the human brain


Hein, G; Singer, T (2008). Understanding others: empathy and cognitive perspective taking in the human brain. In: Inaugural Herzliya Symposium on Personality and Social Psychology: Prosocial Motives, Emotions, and Behavior, Herzliya, Israel, 24 March 2008 - 27 March 2008.

Abstract

After defining “cognitive perspective taking” and “empathy” we will review the main results of neuroscientific studies of the human ability to understand other people's intentions, beliefs, and experiences. We will then present several fMRI studies investigating empathic brain responses elicited by the observation of others in pain and show how these empathic brain responses are modulated by several contextual and stimulus factors. We will integrate these results with findings on patients with Alexithymia (inability to understand and label distinct emotions and emotional experiences) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD; a neurological condition associated with a variety of social and linguistic deficits) to create a deeper
understanding of the relations between interoceptive awareness, empathy, and cognitive perspective taking.

After defining “cognitive perspective taking” and “empathy” we will review the main results of neuroscientific studies of the human ability to understand other people's intentions, beliefs, and experiences. We will then present several fMRI studies investigating empathic brain responses elicited by the observation of others in pain and show how these empathic brain responses are modulated by several contextual and stimulus factors. We will integrate these results with findings on patients with Alexithymia (inability to understand and label distinct emotions and emotional experiences) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD; a neurological condition associated with a variety of social and linguistic deficits) to create a deeper
understanding of the relations between interoceptive awareness, empathy, and cognitive perspective taking.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Event End Date:27 March 2008
Deposited On:05 Mar 2009 09:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:09
Official URL:http://portal.idc.ac.il/en/Symposium/HerzliyaSymposium/Pages/participants.aspx
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-17275

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