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Social Neuroscience of Empathy

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ISBN-10: 0262012979

ISBN-13: 9780262012973

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jean Decety, William Ickes

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In recent decades, empathy research has blossomed into a vibrant and multidisciplinary field of study. The social neuroscience approach to the subject is premised on the idea that studying empathy at multiple levels (biological, cognitive, and social) will lead to a more comprehensive understanding of how other people's thoughts and feelings can affect our own thoughts, feelings, and behavior. In these cutting-edge contributions, leading advocates of the multilevel approach view empathy from the perspectives of social, cognitive, developmental and clinical psychology and cognitive/affective neuroscience. Chapters include a critical examination of the various definitions of the empathy construct; surveys of major research traditions based on these differing views (including empathy as emotional contagion, as the projection of one's own thoughts and feelings, and as a fundamental aspect of social development); clinical and applied perspectives, including psychotherapy and the study of empathy for other people's pain; various neuroscience perspectives; and discussions of empathy's evolutionary and neuroanatomical histories, with a special focus on neuroanatomical continuities and differences across the phylogenetic spectrum. The new discipline of social neuroscience bridges disciplines and levels of analysis. In this volume, the contributors' state-of-the-art investigations of empathy from a social neuroscience perspective vividly illustrate the potential benefits of such cross-disciplinary integration. Contributors: C. Daniel Batson, James Blair, Karina Blair, Jerold D. Bozarth, Anne Buysse, Susan F. Butler, Michael Carlin, C. Sue Carter, Kenneth D. Craig, Mirella Dapretto, Jean Decety, Mathias Dekeyser, Ap Dijksterhuis, Robert Elliott, Natalie D. Eggum, Nancy Eisenberg, Norma Deitch Feshbach, Seymour Feshbach, Liesbet Goubert, Leslie S. Greenberg, Elaine Hatfield, James Harris, William Ickes, Claus Lamm, Yen-Chi Le, Mia Leijssen, Abigail Marsh, Raymond S. Nickerson, Jennifer H. Pfeifer, Stephen W. Porges, Richard L. Rapson, Simone G. Shamay-Tsoory, Rick B. van Baaren, Matthijs L. van Leeuwen, Andries van der Leij, Jeanne C. Watson Social Neuroscience series
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/20/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction: Seeking to Understand the Minds (and Brains) of People Who Are Seeking to Understand Other Peoples Minds
What Is Empathy?
These Things Called Empathy
Eight Related but Distinct Phenomena
Social, Cognitive, and Developmental Perspectives on Empathy
Emotional Contagion and Empathy
Being Imitated
Consequences of Nonconsciously Showing Empathy
Empathy and Knowledge Projection
Empathic Accuracy
Its Links to Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Social, and Physiological Psychology
Empathic Responding
Sympathy and Personal Distress
Empathy and Education
Norma Deitch Feshbach and Seymour Feshbach
Clinical Perspectives on Empathy
Rogerian Empathy in an Organismic Theory
A Way of Being
Empathy in Psychotherapy
Dialogue and Embodied Understanding
Empathic Resonance
A Neuroscience Perspective
Empathy, Morality, and Social Convention
Evidence from the Study of Psychopathy and Other Psychiatric Disorders
Perceiving Others in Pain
Experimental and Clinical Evidence on the Role of Empathy
Evolutionary and Neuroscience Perspectives on Empathy
Neural and Evolutionary Perspectives on Empathy
"Mirror, Mirror, in My Mind"
Empathy, Interpersonal Competence, and the Mirror Neuron System
Empathy versus Personal Distress
Recent Evidence from Social Neuroscience
Empathic Processing
Its Cognitive and Affective Dimensions and Neuroanatomical Basis
Author Index
Subject Index