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Empathy, Imitation, and the Social Brain

Jean Decety and Andrew N. Meltzoff

in Empathy

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199539956
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730931 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539956.003.0006
Empathy, Imitation, and the Social Brain

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In this chapter we bring together theory and empiral evidence from both developmental science and affective neuroscience in support of the view that empathy and imitation are intimately connected. Imitation and empathy can be views as means to experience and understand mental and affective states of oneself and others, grounded on shared neural circuits. We argue that much is to be gained from an approach that integrates development and neuroscience.

Keywords: social brain; imitation; development

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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