Emotion and Empathy

How do neurosciences study emotions? The interest of neuroscience has focused on emotions that completely involve individuals' life. Specifically, neurosciences are concerned with observing the cerebral processes underlying emotional states that activate different physiological and cognitive individual's systems. Emotions are also investigated by social neurosciences to explore the relationship between brain and social interactions. Specifically, relational context is that in which empathic behaviors are often implemented. Indeed, empathy consists in the ability to identify and understand the psychological and emotional states of other individuals. Neurosciences examine, in particular, the neural networks underlying empathic emotional process, observing the way in which neurons are organized centrally and peripherally in the brain.

Keywords: Emotions; Physiological and Cognitive Systems; Social Neuroscience; Empathy






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Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Largo A. Gemelli 1 - 20123 - Milano, Italy

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