Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy

Schulte-Ruether M, Markowitsch HJ, Fink GR, Piefke M (2007)
JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE 19(8): 1354-1372.

Download
No fulltext has been uploaded. References only!
Journal Article | Original Article | Published | English

No fulltext has been uploaded

Author
; ; ;
Abstract
Empathy allows emotional psychological inference about other person's mental states and feelings in social contexts. We aimed at specifying the common and differential neural mechanisms of "self"- and "other "-related attribution of emotional states using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. Subjects viewed faces expressing emotions with direct or averted gaze and either focused on their own emotional response to each face (self-task) or evaluated the emotional state expressed by the face (other-task). The common network activated by both tasks included the left lateral orbito-frontal and medial prefrontal cortices (MPFC), bilateral inferior frontal cortices, superior temporal sulci and temporal poles, as well as the right cerebellum. In a subset of these regions, neural activity was significantly correlated with empathic abilities. The self- (relative to the other-) task differentially activated the MPFC, the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC)/precuneus, and the temporo-parietal junction bilaterally. Empathy-related processing of emotional facial expressions recruited brain areas involved in mirror neuron and theory-of-mind (ToM) mechanisms. The differential engagement of the MPFC, the PCC/precuneus, and temporo-parietal regions in the self-task indicates that these structures act as key players in the evaluation of one's own emotional state during empathic face-to-face interaction. Activation of mirror neurons in a task relying on empathic abilities without explicit task-related motor components supports the view that mirror neurons are not only involved in motor cognition but also in emotional interpersonal cognition. An interplay between ToM and mirror neuron mechanisms may hold for the maintenance of a self-other distinction during empathic interpersonal face-to-face interactions.
Publishing Year
ISSN
eISSN
PUB-ID

Cite this

Schulte-Ruether M, Markowitsch HJ, Fink GR, Piefke M. Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 2007;19(8):1354-1372.
Schulte-Ruether, M., Markowitsch, H. J., Fink, G. R., & Piefke, M. (2007). Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 19(8), 1354-1372. doi:10.1162/jocn.2007.19.8.1354
Schulte-Ruether, M., Markowitsch, H. J., Fink, G. R., and Piefke, M. (2007). Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE 19, 1354-1372.
Schulte-Ruether, M., et al., 2007. Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 19(8), p 1354-1372.
M. Schulte-Ruether, et al., “Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy”, JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, vol. 19, 2007, pp. 1354-1372.
Schulte-Ruether, M., Markowitsch, H.J., Fink, G.R., Piefke, M.: Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 19, 1354-1372 (2007).
Schulte-Ruether, Martin, Markowitsch, Hans J., Fink, Gereon R., and Piefke, Martina. “Mirror neuron and theory of mind mechanisms involved in face-to-face interactions: A functional magnetic resonance imaging approach to empathy”. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE 19.8 (2007): 1354-1372.
This data publication is cited in the following publications:
This publication cites the following data publications:

183 Citations in Europe PMC

Data provided by Europe PubMed Central.

Food-Induced Emotional Resonance Improves Emotion Recognition.
Pandolfi E, Sacripante R, Cardini F., PLoS ONE 11(12), 2016
PMID: 27973559
Reduced frontal cortex thickness and cortical volume associated with pathological narcissism.
Mao Y, Sang N, Wang Y, Hou X, Huang H, Wei D, Zhang J, Qiu J., Neuroscience 328(), 2016
PMID: 27129440
Emotion processing fails to modulate putative mirror neuron response to trained visuomotor associations.
Fitzgibbon BM, Kirkovski M, Fornito A, Paton B, Fitzgerald PB, Enticott PG., Neuropsychologia 84(), 2016
PMID: 26826520
Mirroring pain in the brain: emotional expression versus motor imitation.
Budell L, Kunz M, Jackson PL, Rainville P., PLoS ONE 10(2), 2015
PMID: 25671563
ASD: Psychopharmacologic Treatments and Neurophysiologic Underpinnings.
Kodish I, Rockhill CM, Webb SJ., Curr Top Behav Neurosci 21(), 2014
PMID: 24683058
The purpose and neurobiology of theory of mind functions.
Drubach DA., J Relig Health 47(3), 2008
PMID: 19105025

16 References

Data provided by Europe PubMed Central.


davis, jsas catalog of selected documents in psychology 10(), 1980
Modeling geometric deformations in EPI time series.
Andersson JL, Hutton C, Ashburner J, Turner R, Friston K., Neuroimage 13(5), 2001
PMID: 11304086
Unconscious facial reactions to emotional facial expressions.
Dimberg U, Thunberg M, Elmehed K., Psychol Sci 11(1), 2000
PMID: 11228851
Rapid facial reactions to emotional facial expressions.
Dimberg U, Thunberg M., Scand J Psychol 39(1), 1998
PMID: 9619131
Lateralization of the human mirror neuron system.
Aziz-Zadeh L, Koski L, Zaidel E, Mazziotta J, Iacoboni M., J. Neurosci. 26(11), 2006
PMID: 16540574
Measuring individual differences in empathy: Evidence for a multidimensional approach.
Davis, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 44(1), 1983
Neural correlates of feeling sympathy.
Decety J, Chaminade T., Neuropsychologia 41(2), 2003
PMID: 12459211
Neural mechanisms of empathy in humans: a relay from neural systems for imitation to limbic areas.
Carr L, Iacoboni M, Dubeau MC, Mazziotta JC, Lenzi GL., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 100(9), 2003
PMID: 12682281
Shared representations between self and other: a social cognitive neuroscience view.
Decety J, Sommerville JA., Trends Cogn. Sci. (Regul. Ed.) 7(12), 2003
PMID: 14643368
The functional architecture of human empathy.
Decety J, Jackson PL., Behav Cogn Neurosci Rev 3(2), 2004
PMID: 15537986
Explicit and implicit neural mechanisms for processing of social information from facial expressions: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study.
Critchley H, Daly E, Phillips M, Brammer M, Bullmore E, Williams S, Van Amelsvoort T, Robertson D, David A, Murphy D., Hum Brain Mapp 9(2), 2000
PMID: 10680766
Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation improves source monitoring deficit in hallucinating patients with schizophrenia.
Brunelin J, Poulet E, Bediou B, Kallel L, Dalery J, D'amato T, Saoud M., Schizophr. Res. 81(1), 2006
PMID: 16314076
Understanding emotions in others: mirror neuron dysfunction in children with autism spectrum disorders.
Dapretto M, Davies MS, Pfeifer JH, Scott AA, Sigman M, Bookheimer SY, Iacoboni M., Nat. Neurosci. 9(1), 2006
PMID: 16327784

Export

0 Marked Publications

Open Data PUB

Web of Science

View record in Web of Science®

Sources

PMID: 17651008
PubMed | Europe PMC

Search this title in

Google Scholar