Empathy, Pain and Acetaminophen

The experience of empathic pain is often described as being comparable to its physical counterpart (nociceptive pain), and so researchers have long suspected a functional connection between the two phenomena.


Evidence for the existence of such an association has accumulated over time, mainly through neuroscientific imaging studies but its defining characteristics have only recently started to come to light. For instance, a piece of research with important implications about the nature of the link between physical and emphatic pain has recently caught the public’s attention.​

Painkillers May Dull Empathic Pain