Study: The neuroscience of empathy: progress, pitfalls and promise | Dispositions of Love |

The last decade has witnessed enormous growth in the neuroscience of empathy. Here, we survey research in this domain with an eye toward evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. First, we take stock of the notable progress made by early research in characterizing the neural systems supporting two empathic sub-processes: sharing others' internal states and explicitly considering those states. Second, we describe methodological and conceptual pitfalls into which this work has sometimes fallen, which can limit its validity...


Jamil Zaki & Kevin Ochsner

Via Edwin Rutsch