Empathy part II

From: Chris Taylor (chris.taylor@ebi.ac.uk)
Date: Thu 19 Jan 2006 - 11:08:02 GMT

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    18 January 2006 LETTERS Empathic neural responses are modulated by the perceived fairness of others Tania Singer et al. doi: 10.1038/nature04271

    In a nutshell, if you see another as an unfair game player, you have less empathy for them. Not got time to expand on why this might be within the low-level framework I described previously but perhaps it might be interesting if they explored whether two unfair people share greater empathy (i.e. maybe it is
    'otherness' that is the issue)? Anyway there is a (acc. to Singer et al.) a firewall blocking empathic sharing of the pain of the 'unworthy'.

    Cheers, Chris.


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