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Brain Cogn. 2013 Jul;82(2):187-91. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2013.04.005. Epub 2013 May 11.

Exposure to violence reduces empathetic responses to other's pain.

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Shanghai Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, North Zhongshan Road 3663, Shanghai, China.

Abstract

Past researches showed that empathy for pain not only triggers a resonance mechanism between other and self, but also is modulated by contextual factors. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, the present study demonstrated that short-term media violence exposure reduced both pain ratings and also the activation of anterior insula and anterior mid-cingulate cortex to other's pain. Thus, violence exposure modulated empathic responses to other's pain based on a physiological desensitization.

PMID:
23673251
DOI:
10.1016/j.bandc.2013.04.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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