From: Ray Recchia (rrecchia@frontiernet.net)
Date: Fri 26 Dec 2003 - 15:30:57 GMT

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    As a "meme in the mind" person one of the things that interests me is empathy in humans and other species.   When we see someone stub their toe or bang their head, we frequently wince in sympathy.  We recognize what they are feeling and to a certain extent reproduce it in our heads.  To my way of thinking, human empathy was a prerequisite for the development of language.  In order for concepts to transfer from mind to mind, I think we had to have the ability to recognize that what was in our heads had analogies in the heads of others.

    I know I'm going to have to do a little research, but I suspect the experiments have already been done showing that when a person views something painful or otherwise emotional powerful happening to someone else, regions in the brain are activated in the person viewing the event that are similar to the ones in the person that the event is actually happening to.

    A quick search on Google came up with the following article:

    Neuroscientists Searching For Roots Of Empathy Find Brain Regions Involved In Learning By Imitation

    I'd be interested in any similar studies anyone else has found.  I would also be interested in seeing what results animal studies have produced.

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