Predicting others’ emotions

According to a functional MRI study of 24 people, on average 21 years of age, in which participants predicted others’ emotional responses to distressing images, observed patterns of neural activity that were associated with negative emotional experience mimicked the presumed emotional state of others, and the medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region previously implicated in social cognition, appeared to orchestrate the mimicry, suggesting that the ability to imagine the feelings of others might help people regulate their own emotions. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-00159: “Self-regulation via neural simulation,” by Michael Gilead et al.