Empathy: the role of the temporo-parietal junction in empathy

The neuroscience makes an important distinction between emotional empathy and cognitive empathy (Shamay-Tsoory,2011). Emotional empathy refers at an immediate emotional sharing, while cognitive empathy refers to a cognitive system that involve understanding of the other’s perspective.

Saxe and colleagues (2005) show the role of right temporo-parietal junction (rTPJ) in the perspective taking when our point of view is different from other, establishing an incongruence about the different states of mind.

Autore: Claudio F. Bivacqua – Università di Palermo,