Neuronal Correlates of Empathy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128053973

Neuronal Correlates of Empathy

1st Edition

From Rodent to Human

Editors: Ksenia Meyza Ewelina Knapska
Paperback ISBN: 9780128053973
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th February 2018
Page Count: 226
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Neuronal Correlates of Empathy: From Rodent to Human explores the neurobiology behind emotional contagion, compassionate behaviors and the similarities in rodents and human and non-human primates. The book provides clear and accessible information that avoids anthropomorphisms, reviews the latest research from the literature, and is essential reading for neuroscientists and others studying behavior, emotion and empathy impairments, both in basic research and preclinical studies. Though empathy is still considered by many to be a uniquely human trait, growing evidence suggests that it is present in other species, and that rodents, non-human primates, and humans share similarities.

Key Features

  • Examines the continuum of behavioral and neurobiological responses between rodents—including laboratory rodents and monogamic species—and humans
  • Contains coverage of humans, non-human primates, and the emerging area of rodent studies
  • Explores the possibility of an integrated neurocircuitry for empathy


Behavioral neuroscientists, cognitive neuroscientists, neuroethologists and ethologists, psychologists and psychiatrists dealing with empathy impairments

Table of Contents

1. Introduction– empathy beyond semantics
Ewelina Knapska and Ksenia Zuzanna Meyza
2. The Vicarious Brain: Integrating Empathy and Emotional Learning
Andreas Olsson
3. The neural bases of empathy in humans
Claus Lamm and Livia Tomova
4. Vicarious activations: our current understanding of the neural correlates of human empathy, its limitations and how rodent neuroscience is critical for further progress
Christian Keysers and Valeria Gazzola
5. Ethological Approaches to Empathy in Primates
Zanna Clay, Elisabetta Palagi and Frans BM de Waal
6. Mirror mechanism and embodied emotions
Pier Francesco Ferrari and Gino Coude
7. The Neurobiological Influence of Stress in the Vole Pair Bond
Adam Smith and Zouxin Wang
8. The Social Transmission of Associative Fear in Rodents – Individual Differences in Fear Conditioning by Proxy
Marie H. Monfils and Carolyn E. Jones
9. Neuronal correlates of remote fear learning in rats
Ewelina Knapska
10. Feeling others' pain: Affective communication in rodent models
Loren Martin, Sivaani Sivaselvachandran, Salsabil Abdallah and Meruba Sivaselvachandran
11. Relief provided by conspecifics: social buffering
Yasushi Kiyokawa
12. Helping behavior in rats
Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal and Peggy Mason
13. Reconstructing empathy from thebottom-up with rodent models of shared affect
Jules Panksepp and Garet Paul Lahvis
14. Lack of empathy – mouse models
Ksenia Zuzanna Meyza
15. Future directions in emapthy studies
Ewelina Knapska and Ksenia Zuzanna Meyza


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About the Editor

Ksenia Meyza

Dr. Meyza is assistant professor and an associate researcher in the Laboratory of Emotions Neurobiology at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on the lack of empathy in mouse models of autism.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor and Associate Researcher, Laboratory of Emotions Neurobiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

Ewelina Knapska

Dr. Knapska has been the head of the Laboratory of Emotions Neurobiology at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, since 2012. The group currently focuses on mechanisms of socially transferred emotions and cellular mechanisms of extinction and renewal of conditioned fear. Dr. Knapska’s lab uses experimental rodent models to study brain mechanisms underlying social communication and the neural mechanisms of impaired social behaviors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Head, Laboratory of Emotions Neurobiology, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

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