Empathy

Placebo analgesia reduces costly prosocial helping to lower another’s pain

Administration of painkillers has been shown to lower pain empathy, but whether this also reduces prosocial behavior is not known. In this preregistered study, we investigated whether inducing analgesia through a placebo painkiller reduced effortful …

Placebo analgesia does not reduce empathy for naturalistic depictions of others’ pain in a somatosensory specific way

The shared representations account postulates that sharing another’s pain recruits underlying brain functions also engaged during first-hand pain. Critically, direct causal evidence for this has been mainly shown for affective pain processing, while …

Another's pain in my brain - No evidence that placebo analgesia affects the sensory-discriminative component in empathy for pain

The shared representations account of empathy suggests that sharing other people's emotions relies on neural processes similar to those engaged when directly experiencing such emotions. Recent research corroborated this by showing that placebo …