Learning and empathy

A combination of computational modeling and brain imaging of 31 people around 23 years of age finds that people can learn to help others but at a slower pace than when they learn to help themselves, and that such prosocial learning can be mapped to the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex, a brain region previously associated with prosocial and moral behaviors, findings with implications for understanding empathy and disorders of social cognition. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-03198: “Neurocomputational mechanisms of prosocial learning and links to empathy,” by Patricia L. Lockwood, Matthew A. J. Apps, Vincent Valton, Essi Viding, and Jonathan P. Roiser.