Empathy articles from across Nature Portfolio

Empathy is a social process by which a person has an understanding and awareness of another's emotions and/or behaviour, and can often lead to a person experiencing the same emotions. It differs from sympathy, which involves concern for others without sharing the same emotions as them.

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    Humans and animals can react to the affective state of others in distress. However, exposure to a stressed partner can trigger stress-related adaptations. Two studies shed light on the mechanisms underlying the behavioral responses toward stressed individuals and on the synaptic changes associated with social transmission of stress.

    • Dana Rubi Levy
    •  & Ofer Yizhar
    Nature Neuroscience 21, 304-306
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    A little empathy goes a long way in the competitive confines of a laboratory, argues Lydia Soraya Murray.

    • Lydia Soraya Murray
    Nature 478, 145
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    A study in this issue reports that mice can be fear conditioned through observation of other mice receiving aversive stimuli and identifies some of the brain regions involved in this observational fear learning.

    • François Grenier
    •  & Andreas Lüthi
    Nature Neuroscience 13, 406-408