Sai (saizai) wrote in academic_empath,

Research on neuroscience of empathy

[Originally posted 11/9/07; revised & updated 5/19/09]

I'm currently looking for places to do my PhD on the neuroscience of empathy, and background reading to do before then.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me with this search.

Please comment with links to / names of specific researchers or labs, anywhere in the world, who are doing actual hard research into the neuroscience of empathy or related topics, as well as books on the science thereof. (I.e. same quality as what's here.)

People & Labs:
Directly related
Tania Singer, U. Zurich, Germany - empathy, perspective taking, fairness, altruism, revenge, and reciprocity
Christian Keysers, U. Groningen, Netherlands - neurobio of empathy & mirror neurons
Marco Iacoboni, UCLA, CA, US - mirror neurons & empathy
Jean Decenty (pdfs), U.Chicago, US - antisocial personality disorder, psychopathy, empathy and sympathy, imitation and mimicry, implicit moral reasoning
Jaime Pineda, UCSD, CA, US - brain computer interfaces, mirror neurons, mu rhythms, autism, motivation, attention, addiction, tinnitus
V.S. Ramachandran, UCSD, CA, US (Overview article) - consciousness, phantom limbs, synaesthesia, mirror neuron dysfunction in autism

Indirectly related
Uta Frith, Univ. Coll. London, UK - autism
Simon Baron-Cohen (WP), Cambridge, UK (was Frith's PhD student) - autism, theory of mind
Cecilia Heyes, Univ. Coll. London, UK - imitation, evolution of social cognition
Ralph Adolphs, Caltech, CA & U.Iowa, US - facial recognition, soc. cog. in autism, moral judgments, corpus collosum pathology, emotional/visual connectivity
Richard J. Davidson et al, U.Wisconsin-Madison, US - emotion regulation, aging, memory, developmental psychopathology, mood disorders, meditation
Kevin LaBar, Duke U., NC, US - emotion & cognition, vision, attention, memory, control
Martha Farah et al, U. Pennsylvania, US - neuroethics, mood regulation, neurogenetics
Abigail Marsh, Georgetown, DC, US - altruism, aggression, facial 'accents', recognition of fear & anger
C. Daniel Batson, U. Kansas, US - prosocial emotion, motivation, & behavior (social psych)
James Blair, NIMH, MD, US - neurobiology of anxiety disorder, psychopathy, social phobia, "acquired sociopathy", autism, conduct disorder
Robert Hare, U. British Colombia, Canada - psychopathy
Paul Frick, U. New Orleans, LA, US - childhood psychopathology, lack of empathy / guilt, conscience development

Novartis Foundation, Ralph Adolphs - Empathy and Fairness - BF575.E55 E452 2007
Jaime Pineda - Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition
Roberto Cabeza - Handbook of Functional Neuroimaging of Cognition, 2nd Edition - QP360.5 .H36 2006
Bob Uttl - Memory and Emotion: Interdisciplanary Perspectives - BF371 .M4478 2006
Richard J. Davidson - Handbook of Affective Sciences - BF511 .H35 2003
Paul Ekman - Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life - BF591 .E35 2007
Charles Darwin (ed. Paul Ekman) - The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals - QP401 .D3 1998
Daniel Reisberg - Memory and Emotion - BF378.A87 M46 2004
Marco Iacoboni - Mirroring People - QP363 .I23 2008
Eric Eich et al. - Cognition and Emotion (Counterpoints), Oxford University Press, 2000 - BF311 .C5477 2000
Richard D. Lane, Lynn Nadel, Geoffrey Ahern (editors) - Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion, Oxford University Press, 2000 - BF531 .C55 2000
Evan Thompson - Between Ourselves : Second-Person Issues in the Study of Consciousness - BF311 .B484 2001
Karsten R. Stueber - Rediscovering Empathy: Agency, Folk Psychology, and the Human Sciences, MIT Press, Cambridge (Massachusetts), London, 2006 - BF64 .S78 2006
James Blair, Derek Mitchell, & Karina Blair - The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain - RC555 .B56 2005
Jean Decety & William Ickes - The Social Neuroscience of Empathy, The MIT Press (April 30, 2009)
Maksim I. Stamenov, Vittorio Gallese - Mirror Neurons and the Evolution of Brain and Language, John Benjamins Publishing Co (December 2002) - QP363.3 .M57 2002
Oliver G. Cameron et al. - Visceral Sensory Neuroscience: Interoception, Oxford University Press, USA (December 15, 2001) - RC343 .C36 2002

Conferences & Workshops:
8th Int'l Conf. on Neuroesthetics - Reflections on mirror neurons
Interdisciplines - What do mirror neurons mean?
Contribution of Mirroring Processes to Human Mindreading

One-off papers:
Khalil, Elias (2007): The Mirror-Neuron Paradox: How Far is Sympathy from Compassion, Indulgence, and Adulation?
Caggiano, Vittorio et al (2009) Mirror Neurons Differentially Encode the Peripersonal and Extrapersonal Space of Monkeys Science, Volume 324, Issue 5925, pp. 403-
Dinstein et al - A mirror up to nature Current Biology, 18:R13-18, 2008
Dinstein et al - Brain areas selective for both observed and executed movements Journal of Neurophysiology, 98:1415-1427, 2007
Dinstein et al - Executed and Observed Movements Have Different Distributed Representations in Human aIPS

Other articles:
Leonie Welberg - Mirror neurons: Towards a clearer image Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9, 888-889 (December 2008)
Olivier Morin - No evidence of Human Mirror Neurons
Vaughan Bell - All smoke and mirror neurons?
Vaughan Bell - Reflected glory
Anne Corwin - Much Ado About Mirror Neurons - Empathy, Autism, and Bias
Scientific American w/ Marco Iacoboni - The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social
Russell Foltz-Smith Mirror Neurons – a fictionalized interview
Antonio Damasio1 & Kaspar Meyer Behind the looking-glass Nature 454, 167-168 (10 July 2008)
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