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Relacje międzygrupowe a empatia – perspektywa behawioralna i neuropsychologiczna
Intergroup relationship and empathy – neuropsychological and behavioural approach

Author(s): Karolina Żelechowska, Agnieszka Pluta
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Psychology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: Empathy;neural correlates of empathy;group membership;functional magnetic resonance;social neuroscience

Summary/Abstract: In the last decade, the phenomenon of empathy has received widespread attention in the field of social neuroscience. Studies have shown that empathic response may be affected by many factors such as: social context, group membership, cultural background. Recent developments in human neuroimaging allowed to indicate neural correlates and computations underlying the ability to share feelings of others. Nowadays, neuroimaging technologies – functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in particular – can expand theoretical understanding of the psychological processes underlying empathic response. The aim of this paper was to review recent studies on neural correlates of empathy in reference to intergroup relations. To this end, we presented a multifaceted definition of empathy and research paradigms used to investigate empathy in the field of social neuroscience. Special focus was made on neural mechanisms of in-group bias and factors that may influence empathy on its behavioral and neural level.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 35
  • Page Range: 7-23
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish