Dissecting the Neural Mechanisms Mediating Empathy

Empathy is thought to play a key role in motivating prosocial behavior, guiding our preferences and behavioral responses, and providing the affective and motivational base for moral development. While these abilities have traditionally been examined using behavioral methods, recent work in evolutionary biology, developmental and cognitive neuroscience has begun to shed light on the neural…

Decoding mental states from brain activity in humans

Recent advances in human neuroimaging have shown that it is possible to accurately decode a person’s conscious experience based only on non-invasive measurements of their brain activity. Such brain reading has mostly been studied in the domain of visual perception, where it helps reveal the way in which individual experiences are encoded in the human…