Investigating the neural basis of empathy by EEG hyperscanning during a Third Party Punishment

Laura Astolfi, Jlenia Toppi, Chantal Casper, Christine Freitag, Donatella Mattia, Fabio Babiloni, Angela Ciaramidaro, Michael Siniatchkin

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Abstract

The recently developed technique of hyperscanning consists of the simultaneous recording of brain activity from multiple subjects involved in social interaction. The multivariate analysis of data coming from different subjects allows to model a system made of multiple brains interacting, and to characterize it in relation with different processes at the basis of social cognition. In this study, we investigate the empathy established between two subjects during a Third Party Punishment paradigm, in terms of the properties of the multiple-brain network obtained from EEG hyperscanning. Preliminary results show that significantly different multiple-brain network structures characterize a social situation operated by a human agent with respect to a computer based condition, and that the different levels of empathy induced by a fair or unfair treatment received by one of the subjects are characterized by denser inter-subjects connectivity and lower divisibility in the two single brain networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages5384-5387
Number of pages4
Volume2015-November
ISBN (Print)9781424492718
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2015
Event37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: Aug 25 2015Aug 29 2015

Other

Other37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period8/25/158/29/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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    Astolfi, L., Toppi, J., Casper, C., Freitag, C., Mattia, D., Babiloni, F., Ciaramidaro, A., & Siniatchkin, M. (2015). Investigating the neural basis of empathy by EEG hyperscanning during a Third Party Punishment. In Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS (Vol. 2015-November, pp. 5384-5387). [7319608] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319608