A want of sentiment

An international team led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York, for the first time showed that one area of the brain, the anterior insular cortex, is the activity center of human empathy. This has been known for about three years, when the first papers spoke of the finding in 2012.  The study was published in the September 2012 issue of the journal Brain. Empathy, the ability to perceive and share another person's emotional state, has been described by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.  In the past decade, however, scientists have used powerful functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify several regions in the brain that are associated with empathy for pain.  This most recent study firmly establishes that the anterior insular cortex is where the feeling of empathy originates. What is new is the discovery that, especially for millennials and those coming behind them, the preponderance of time spent in front of...(Read Full Post)

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