The sensorimotor side of empathy for pain

Alessio Avenanti, Salvatore Maria Aglioti

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Abstract

This chapter revolves around the phenomena and neural mechanisms underlying the human capability to empathize with the actions, emotions, and feelings of other individuals. Special attention is paid to the neural activity induced by observation and imagination of others' pain. It will be shown that representing others' pain brings about the activation of neural structures largely overlapping with those activated during the experience of pain on oneself and that neural structures involved in both emotional and sensorimotor processing may be recruited during empathy for pain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychoanalysis and Neuroscience
PublisherSpringer Milan
Pages235-256
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)8847003342, 9788847003347
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Avenanti, A., & Aglioti, S. M. (2006). The sensorimotor side of empathy for pain. In Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience (pp. 235-256). Springer Milan. https://doi.org/10.1007/88-470-0550-7_10