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Empathy - in our brain or our heart?

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A team from Harvard Medical School and MIT recorded directly from single neurons in the forepart of their brains. For the first time, the scientists identified a special group of cells that lets us acknowledge and predict someone else’s hidden beliefs. Even crazier, these neurons loyally encoded demonstrably false ideas that others may have, and beliefs that the person being studied doesn’t necessarily agree with.

In other words, each of us has a smattering of brain cells dedicated to modelling another mind inside our own heads.

https://singularityhub.com/2021/02/02/this-is-where-empathy-lives-in-the-brain-and-how-it-works


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