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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (3) : 402-409     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00402
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The cognitive neuroscience studies on positive empathy
YUE Tong; HUANG Xiting
(School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
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Abstract  

Positive empathy is a process where positive emotions are vicariously understood and shared among individuals. Positive empathy is not significantly different from negative empathy, which also depends on the mirror nervous system and the theory-of-mind system, but they are different in terms of generation diffculty. However, opinions differ with regards to the cerebral representation of positive empathy: while some researchers think it is represented in insula and the related areas in the same way as negative empathy, others point to the reward system. Studies of the influencing factors of positive empathy have been focused on the relationship between the subject and object of empathy. Further studies are needed to explore the neural representation and regulation mechanism of positive empathy. It is also important to start the study of positive empathy as a psychological trait and to establish its neural basis

Keywords empathy      positive empathy      negative empathy      neural basis     
Corresponding Authors: HUANG Xiting, E-mail: xthuang@swu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 March 2016
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YUE Tong,HUANG Xiting. The cognitive neuroscience studies on positive empathy[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(3): 402-409.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00402     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2016/V24/I3/402
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