Interoceptive awareness enhances neural activity during empathy

Jutta Ernst, Georg Northoff, Heinz Böker, Erich Seifritz, Simone Grimm

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Empathy is a multicomponent function that includes sensorimotor, affective, and cognitive components. Although especially the affective component may implicate interoception and interoceptive awareness, the impact of interoception on empathy has never been evaluated behaviorally or neurophysiologically. Here, we tested how a preceding period of interoceptive awareness impacts and modulates neural activity during subsequent empathy. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and measured the sequential interaction between interoception and empathy using fMRI in 18 healthy subjects. We found that the preceding interoceptive awareness period significantly enhanced neural activity during empathy in bilateral anterior insula and various cortical midline regions. The enhancement of neural activity during empathy in both interoceptive and empathy networks by preceding interoceptive awareness suggests a close relationship between interoception and empathy; thereby, interoception seems to be implicated to yielding empathy.
頁(從 - 到)1615-1624
期刊Human Brain Mapping
出版狀態已發佈 - 7月 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 神經病學(臨床)
  • 解剖學
  • 神經內科
  • 放射學、核子醫學和影像學
  • 放射與超音波技術


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