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Empathy

Edited by Jean Decety

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780262016612
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262298612 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262016612.001.0001
Empathy

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There are many reasons for scholars to investigate empathy. Empathy plays a crucial role in human social interaction at all stages of life; it is thought to help motivate positive social behavior, inhibit aggression, and provide the affective and motivational bases for moral development; it is a necessary component of psychotherapy and patient–physician interactions. This book covers a wide range of topics in empathy theory, research, and applications, helping to integrate perspectives as varied as anthropology and neuroscience. The contributors discuss the evolution of empathy within the...

Keywords: moral development; empathy theory; empathy research; empathy applications; anthropology; neuroscience; compassion; altruism; evolution; human communication

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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