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Altruistic And Strategic Giving Activate Overlapping Reward Networks

What happens in the brain when people act out of genuine altruism — where there’s nothing in it for them — and when they act with strategic kindness — when there is something to be gained as a consequence – is investigated in new research from psychologists at the University of Sussex. They undertook a […]

People With Higher Empathy Process Music Differently In The Brain

Individuals who deeply grasp the pain or happiness of others also differ from others in the way their brains process music, a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas and UCLA suggests. The researchers found that compared to low empathy people, those with higher empathy process familiar music with greater involvement of the […]

Somatosensory Cortex Plays Role In Prosocial Decision-making

Vicarious somatosensory activations contribute to prosocial decision-making, new work led by investigators from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience suggests. Previous neuroscience studies have shown that when we see somebody in pain our brain activates tactile and emotional regions as if we ourselves were in pain. This study from Selene Gallo (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, KNAW) […]

Genetic Variants Linked To Empathy Also Play Role In Autism

How empathic we are is not just a result of our upbringing and experience but also partly a result of our genes, a new genome-wide association study from the University of Cambridge suggests. Empathy has two components. The ability to recognize another person’s thoughts and feelings, and the ability to respond with an appropriate emotion […]