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Mirror-touch synesthesia is linked with empathy

Banissy, Michael J. and Ward, Jamie. 2007. Mirror-touch synesthesia is linked with empathy. Nature neuroscience, 10(7), pp. 815-6. ISSN 1097-6256 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Watching another person being touched activates a similar neural circuit to actual touch and, for some people with 'mirror-touch' synesthesia, can produce a felt tactile sensation on their own body. In this study, we provide evidence for the existence of this type of synesthesia and show that it correlates with heightened empathic ability. This is consistent with the notion that we empathize with others through a process of simulation.

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Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1038/nn1926

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2007Published

Item ID:

5991

Date Deposited:

24 Oct 2011 14:32

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 13:03

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5991

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