The Moral Brain pp 109-127

Empathy and Morality: Integrating Social and Neuroscience Approaches

Philosophers and psychologists have long debated the nature of empathy (e.g., Batson, 1991; Eisenberg, 2000; Ickes, 2003; Thompson, 2001), and whether the capacity to share and understand other people’s emotions sets humans apart from other species (e.g., de Waal, 2005). Here, we consider empathy as a construct accounting for a sense of similarity in feelings experienced by the self and the other, without confusion between the two individuals (Decety & Jackson, 2004; Decety & Lamm, 2006)


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  1. 1.Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, and Center for Cognitive and Social NeuroscienceThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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