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Nat Neurosci. 2007 Feb;10(2):150-1. Epub 2007 Jan 21.

Altruism is associated with an increased neural response to agency.

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Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, Box 3918, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA.

Abstract

Although the neural mechanisms underlying altruism remain unknown, empathy and its component abilities, such as the perception of the actions and intentions of others, have been proposed as key contributors. Tasks requiring the perception of agency activate the posterior superior temporal cortex (pSTC), particularly in the right hemisphere. Here, we demonstrate that differential activation of the human pSTC during action perception versus action performance predicts self-reported altruism.

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PMID:
17237779
DOI:
10.1038/nn1833
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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