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EmpathyPhilosophical and Psychological Perspectives$
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Amy Coplan and Peter Goldie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539956.001.0001

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Empathy, Imitation, and the Social Brain

Empathy, Imitation, and the Social Brain

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Jean Decety

Andrew N. Meltzoff

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we bring together theory and empiral evidence from both developmental science and affective neuroscience in support of the view that empathy and imitation are intimately connected. Imitation and empathy can be views as means to experience and understand mental and affective states of oneself and others, grounded on shared neural circuits. We argue that much is to be gained from an approach that integrates development and neuroscience.

Keywords:   social brain, imitation, development

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