Area of the Brain That Processes Empathy Identified

  • metta

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    Oct 25, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    Area of the Brain That Processes Empathy Identified

    "According to Dr. Gu, this study provides the first evidence suggesting that the empathy deficits in patients with brain damage to the anterior insular cortex are surprisingly similar to the empathy deficits found in several psychiatric diseases, including autism spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, and conduct disorders, suggesting potentially common neural deficits in those psychiatric populations."

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121024175240.htm
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    Oct 25, 2012 7:03 AM GMT
    I guess my anterior insular cortex is extremely well developed then. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 25, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    A sound explanation... icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 25, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    A student of mine who'd been in a car accident suffering head trauma several years earlier needed coaching in empathy. He was aware of the need to be empathetic, and thus worked at behavior modifications, but still never perceived others' discomfort with him. When told, "That feels too forceful" he would nod and agree to fix that behavior.

    I do not know the area of his brain that was damaged, but I recall him mentioning getting car parts jammed into his temporal lobe.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 26, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    That explains why my patients want to shake my hand when they leave. I have a big one of those!
  • Medjai

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    Oct 26, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    And I'm supposed to care... Why?
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    Oct 26, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Medjai saidAnd I'm supposed to care... Why?


    You don't have to care. You just have to approximate the facial expressions of someone who cares so that you aren't suspected of being the guy who keeps collections of his babysitters' panties after disposing of their corpses in backyard shallow graves.
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    Oct 26, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    I wonder if my ADHD is the reason I don't fuck a fuck about this study? icon_razz.gif
  • Medjai

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    Oct 26, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    Medjai saidAnd I'm supposed to care... Why?


    You don't have to care. You just have to approximate the facial expressions of someone who cares so that you aren't suspected of being the guy who keeps collections of his babysitters' panties after disposing of their corpses in backyard shallow graves.


    So that's how I cover it up?
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    Oct 26, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    mickeytopogigio said
    Medjai saidAnd I'm supposed to care... Why?


    You don't have to care. You just have to approximate the facial expressions of someone who cares so that you aren't suspected of being the guy who keeps collections of his babysitters' panties after disposing of their corpses in backyard shallow graves.


    So that's how I cover it up?
    No, you cover it up by digging deeper graves. That'll keep the neighbor's dogs from digging it up.
  • Medjai

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    Oct 26, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Medjai said
    mickeytopogigio said
    Medjai saidAnd I'm supposed to care... Why?


    You don't have to care. You just have to approximate the facial expressions of someone who cares so that you aren't suspected of being the guy who keeps collections of his babysitters' panties after disposing of their corpses in backyard shallow graves.


    So that's how I cover it up?
    No, you cover it up by digging deeper graves. That'll keep the neighbor's dogs from digging it up.


    Well, excuse me for a bit. I've got something to take care of.
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    Oct 26, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    paulflexes said
    Medjai said
    mickeytopogigio said
    Medjai saidAnd I'm supposed to care... Why?


    You don't have to care. You just have to approximate the facial expressions of someone who cares so that you aren't suspected of being the guy who keeps collections of his babysitters' panties after disposing of their corpses in backyard shallow graves.


    So that's how I cover it up?
    No, you cover it up by digging deeper graves. That'll keep the neighbor's dogs from digging it up.


    Well, excuse me for a bit. I've got something to take care of.
    Hurry up, before google updates its satellite imagery of your area.
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    Oct 29, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    Interesting. I am close to somebody who is not very empathetic. I always thought it was a result of his bourgeois childhood but maybe it's brain damage.
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    Oct 29, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    I've cracked my skull several times a kid on the top back part... don't know the medical term. I've got strong empathy, but have learned to not let it control my will, feelings, or emotions. Not sure I want to say it is the head trauma that is the reason I'm empathic in real life, or to a select few online, but it may be the case. icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 29, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    I know a few around here that need a transplant.
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    Oct 30, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    It also good to note that empathy is an inherent part of introversion. Highly reactive individuals, meaning sensitive (introverts), have an increased perception, if not a more complex understanding, of another's circumstance. That is not to polarize extroverts or introverts, but to say that introverts may in fact have a more developed anterior cortex.

    In my opinion, gay men are more inclined to be introverts, eclectic, and, so to speak, empathetic. Now whether this has to do with natural selection or not is another conversation, but I think it gives us a great advantage in relationships.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 30, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    On the empathy thing, I'm so happy Carlitos (look up in the thread) found a sexy husband who his worthy of him. Like he wouldn't have eventuallly I know, but it's good that he's happy early in life istead of waiting and wondering like the rest of us. That was a rant I think. Sorry.