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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 …

Neural correlates of interpersonal space permeability and flexibility in autism spectrum disorder

Interpersonal space can be defined as a safety zone immediately surrounding our body, which allows us to feel comfortable during social interactions. Previous studies indicate that the size of interpersonal space at which the other is perceived as …

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 …