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Empathy: A unitary circuit or a set of dissociable neuro-cognitive systems?

  • James R. Blair (a1) and Karina S. Perschardt (a2)

Abstract

We question whether empathy is mediated by a unitary circuit. We argue that recent neuroimaging data indicate dissociable neural responses for different facial expressions as well as for representing others' mental states (Theory of Mind, TOM). We also argue that the general empathy disorder considered characteristic of autism and psychopathy is not general but specific for each disorder.

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