When it comes to empathy we've got more for people we don't like, than the people we do. Sound crazy? Well as Anthony tells us, researchers have the science to back it up.
Witnessing hateful people in pain modulates brain activity in regions associated with physical pain and reward.
"How does witnessing a hateful person in pain compare to witnessing a likable person in pain? The current study compared the brain bases for how we perceive likable people in pain with those of viewing hateful people in pain."
Keep Your Friends Close, But...
"Surprising USC study shows that brains process the pain of villains more than the pain of people we like..."
Human Brains Are Hardwired for Empathy, Friendship, Study Shows
"Perhaps one of the most defining features of humanity is our capacity for empathy - the ability to put ourselves in others' shoes. A new University of Virginia study strongly suggests that we are hardwired to empathize because we closely associate people who are close to us - friends, spouses, lovers - with our very selves."
Familiarity promotes the blurring of self and other in the neural representation of threat
"Neurobiological investigations of empathy often support an embodied simulation account. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we monitored statistical associations between brain activations indicating self-focused threat to those indicating threats to a familiar friend or an unfamiliar stranger."
Neuroimaging revolutionizes therapeutic approaches to chronic pain
"An understanding of how the brain changes in chronic pain or responds to pharmacological or other therapeutic interventions has been significantly changed as a result of developments in neuroimaging of the CNS."
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