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Racial Bias in Neural Empathic Responses to Pain

Contreras-Huerta, Luis Sebastian; Baker, Katharine S.; Reynolds, Katherine J.; Batalha, Luisa; Cunnington, Ross


Recent studies have shown that perceiving the pain of others activates brain regions in the observer associated with both somatosensory and affective-motivational aspects of pain, principally involving regions of the anterior cingulate and anterior insula cortex. The degree of these empathic neural responses is modulated by racial bias, such that stronger neural activation is elicited by observing pain in people of the same racial group compared with people of another racial group. The aim of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013-12-23
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084001


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