Emotional and cognitive processing in empathy and moral behavior

Paul J. Eslinger, Jorge Moll, Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza

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Within the perception-action framework, the underlying mechanisms of empathy and its related processes of moral behavior need to be investigated. fMRI studies have shown different frontal cortex activation patterns during automatic processing and judgment tasks when stimuli have moral content. Clinical neuropsychological studies reveal different patterns of empathic alterations after dorsolateral versus orbital frontal cortex damage, related to deficient cognitive and emotional processing. These processing streams represent different neural levels and mechanisms underlying empathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-35
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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