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Pain empathy

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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1 - 2 percentage of population are born with rare conditions that means that whenever they see someone else being touch, they feel tactile sensation on their own body. These people report literally sharing sensations with others, it pleasure or pain. New Study Shows That People With Mirror Touch Synaesthesia Are So Tuned Into Other Peoples ' Emotions, That They May Even Lose Ability To Differentiate Themselves From Others. Findings Were Presented At Event As Part Of ESRC's Festival Of Social Science, UK's Largest Annual Celebration Of Social Science. Professor Jennifer Rubin, ESRC Executive Chair, say: Festival of Social Science is one of largest coordinated endeavours undertaken by Science community and demonstrates ESRC's commitment to public engagement. We know social scientists and economists value opportunity to talk with public to make impact on their work. These events should inspire young people to pursue careers in Social Sciences and raise awareness about impact they make on wider society. Synaesthesia occurs when normally distinct senses blur together, says Michael Banissy, Professor Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. For example, some people can hear sound, or even taste words. In case of mirror - touch synaesthesia, sight and touch overlap to extent that if synaesthete sees someone being touched on face, they feel it on their own face. Banissy has spent over decade researching causes of this phenomenon and is working on ESRC project around understanding variations in level of empathy. In this latest study, he and his team decided to find out what effect MTS has on how experience empathy. Researchers have developed reliable test for MTS, which can grade people on scale of 0 - 14, with seven or above indicating mirror - touch synaesthesia. Then scientists gave 100 people with variety of scores on scale Empathy questionnaire. Participants were asked to what extent they agree with statements like I can tune into how someone feels rapidly and intuitively, or I tend to get emotionally involved with friends ' problems. People with mirror - touch synaesthesia score much more highly than controls on emotional aspect of empathy, but not cognitive aspect. Empathy has least two aspects, says Professor Michael Banissy. It consists of emotional connection to someone else, so someone is upset, you are upset too. It also has cognitive aspect, which is ability to take someone elses perspective and be able to put yourself in their shoes. In our study we found that people with mirror touch report tendency to more readily share emotions of others. However, they are not necessarily better understanding other people because of this. What our study points to is that mirror touch synaesthetes don't just share tactile senses of people, there more to it than that, says Banissy.

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Initiating pain empathy

Great Deal Of Research Has Been Conducted On Social Context Of Pain, With Increasing Focus On Couples And Marriage. Operant theory 11 has provided useful framework for understanding role of marriage in Pain experience. For instance, Romano and colleagues 31 32 demonstrated that observing solicitous spouse responses to pain behavior often results in increases in pain behavior. Solicitous spouse responses as assessed by Multidimensional Pain Inventory are also positively related to pain and pain behaviors 8. However, Newton - John 29 notes that operant models cannot explain fact that negative or punishing spouse responses are associated with increased pain behaviors and pain severity 3 22. Recent research suggests that spouse may not always serve reinforcement function 28. Purpose Of Current Study Is To Examine Spouses ' Responses To Pain And Other Forms Of Interaction In Light Of Emotion Regulation And Empathy Theories. Specifically, we investigate extent to which observed validation and invalidation relate to spouse responses to pain and indicators of marital quality in chronic pain couples. According to emotion regulation theory, in couples, both partners may engage in behaviors that affect emotion regulation of and other 13. Two behaviors that are particularly relevant to regulation theory are validation and invalidation. Validation consists of spouse responses that convey acceptance and understanding of partners ' experiences, whereas invalidation conveys disrespect, contempt, or nonacceptance of other partners ' experiences 14. Note that these responses may overlap somewhat with operant concepts of and punishing spouse responses. While emotion responses and operant spouse responses are likely to relate to each other, there are important theoretical differences. Spouse responses to pain, as operationalized in operant models, are conceptualized reinforcers of pain behaviors. Furthermore, these models focus only one spouse's responses. In contrast, validation is thought to promote intimacy, emotional closeness, and enhance emotion regulation; invalidation emotional distance and emotion dysregulation. Thus, validation and invalidation not conceptualized as having operant function with respect to pain behaviors. Furthermore, both partners ' responses are evaluated this model. Validation can also be conceptualized as empathic response whereas invalidation can be viewed nonempathic response. Concept Of Empathic Response Has Been Discussed In Social Psychological Literature 6 And Is Receiving Greater Attention In Pain Research. Goubert et al. 16 propose knowing thoughts and feelings of someone in pain impacts observers ' affective and behavioral reactions to observed person with pain. Researchers have found negative association between intense form of invalidation and marital and psychological adjustment in healthy couples 4 15. In Pain literature, Johansen and 20 demonstrate that spouses rat patients ' pain as being more severe when patients express anger and contempt. Furthermore, in where only one partner reports pain, spouses report greater depressive symptoms when both partners express anger and contempt.

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Detection methods

Grand average ERPs in response to three stimulus categories under pain and no - conditions at frontocentral and parieto - occipital electrode sites. All stimuli elicit similar components. At frontocentral sites, N1 component is apparent, followed by VPP component, N2 component, and long lasting LPC, while at temporo - occipital sites, posterior component and N170 component are elicit. Negative amplitudes are plotted upwards. Erps in to painful expressions and neutral expressions. Erps in response to needle - penetrate face Q - tip - touched face. Erps in response needle - penetrate arms and Q - tip - touched arms. Topographical maps statistical results of ERP components. Scalp topographies of N1, VPP, N2, and LPC plotted separately for each experimental condition. Boxed plots indicate significant difference in ERP amplitude revealed by Bonferroni - correct t test. Post hoc comparisons on category interaction effects for N1, VPP, N2, and LPC amplitudes were conducted separately. Asterisks indicate significant in amplitude. * P < 0. 01; * P < 0. 001. Error bars represent standard of mean. Pca derives P3 LPP components. Virtual PCA derives P3 LPP component waveforms for each experimental condition. Scalp topographies of P3 and components, plotted separately for each experimental condition. Boxed plots indicate significant difference revealed by Bonferroni - correct t test. Post hoc comparisons on condition category interaction effects P3 and LPP components. Asterisks indicate significant in amplitude. * P < 0. 001. Error bars standard errors of mean.

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