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Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Aug;36(4):438-9. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12002063.

Toward a neuroscience of interactive parent-infant dyad empathy.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. jamesswa@med.umich.edu


In accord with social neuroscience's progression to include interactive experimental paradigms, parents' brains have been activated by emotionally charged infant stimuli - especially of their own infant - including baby cry and picture. More recent research includes the use of brief video clips and opportunities for maternal response. Among brain systems important to parenting are those involved in empathy. This research may inform recent studies of decreased societal empathy, offer mechanisms and solutions.

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  • Toward a second-person neuroscience. [Behav Brain Sci. 2013]
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