Responding to the emotions of others: Dissociating forms of empathy through the study of typical and psychiatric populations

Consciousness and Cognition 14 (4):698-718 (2005)

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Empathy is a lay term that is becoming increasingly viewed as a unitary function within the field of cognitive neuroscience. In this paper, a selective review of the empathy literature is provided. It is argued from this literature that empathy is not a unitary system but rather a loose collection of partially dissociable neurocognitive systems. In particular, three main divisions can be made: cognitive empathy , motor empathy, and emotional empathy. The two main psychiatric disorders associated with empathic dysfunction are considered: autism and psychopathy. It is argued that individuals with autism show difficulties with cognitive and motor empathy but less clear difficulties with respect to emotional empathy. In contrast, individuals with psychopathy show clear difficulties with a specific form of emotional empathy but no indications of impairment with cognitive and motor empathy.
Keywords info:mesh/Social Perception  Brain   Humans   Affect   Empathy   Cognition   Social Perception   Mental Disorders   Autistic Disorder  info:mesh/Empathy  info:mesh/Affect  info:mesh/Cognition  info:mesh/Humans  info:mesh/Brain  info:mesh/Autistic Disorder  info:mesh/Mental Disorders
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DOI 10.1016/j.concog.2005.06.004
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