The influence of mimicry on empathy for pain

01 October 2010 → 30 September 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Animal experimental and comparative psychology
    • Applied psychology
    • Biological and physiological psychology
    • General psychology
    • Human experimental psychology
    • Social psychology
    • Other psychology and cognitive sciences
pain perception imitation perception-action link
Project description

The aim of the present project is to investigate whether imitation can modulate empathy for pain, using different research methods such as behavioural self-reports, autonomic measures, and imaging techniques. Furthermore, I want to examine the specific conditions under which this modulation of empathy for pain takes place, investigate the role of congruency, and explore generality of the effects.