How Do We Feel the Emotions of Others?

When you see your friend disgusted to the point of vomiting, or laughing until it hurts, you immediately experience what your friend feels. Why do we feel the emotions of others around us? Neuroscience research (the study of the brain) has shown that the brain is equipped with special cells called mirror neurons that directly project information about others’ behavior into the regions of our own brain that process emotions. This mechanism shows that others’ emotions are not detected only by the visual part of the brain but they also activate our own emotional responses, allowing us to understand and automatically transmit the same information to others. This is an incredibly fast and efficient way to communicate!

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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