A newly published case report on how a woman might have gained empathic awareness following surgery seems exciting. But, does it add anything beyond mystery and confusion to the scientific literature on the subject?
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They further explain that empathy is separate from Theory of Mind and is about feeling other people’s emotions. The finding from their tests is that Susan has heightened “Affective Theory of Mind” – that is, an enhanced ability to recognize the feelings and emotions of others; and heightened empathy, in the form of an intense response to other people’s emotions.