Scientists have figured out how the brain can feel someone else’s pain

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists from the Netherlands University of Neurology conducted a series of experiments, as a result of which they established how the human brain can feel the suffering of other people.

According to experts cited by eLife, each person has a different level of empathy. And people who suffer from certain mental disorders are not at all able to empathize with others.

Therefore, the scientists decided to find out if the areas of the brain that are responsible for their own pain sensations can be activated at the sight of another person suffering.

To participate in the experiments, experts selected a group of volunteers. They were shown a video fragment, the frames of which depicted a person experiencing pain of varying intensity.

While watching the video, scientists recorded the process of the brain of the subjects.

At the same time, special attention was paid to the analysis of neuronal activity in the part of the brain that is responsible for personal experiences.

As a result of the study, members of the scientific team found that neurons are able to respond to the sensation of pain in other people.

Moreover, the level of activity of neurons in a person who actually suffered suffering, and in those who observed this, was practically comparable.


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